Nominee! 1990 Tony Award for Best Play
Lettice Duffet, an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, is an indefatigable but daffy enthusiast of history and the theatre. As a tour guide at Fustian House, one of the least stately of London's stately homes, she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schon, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed or entertained by Lettice's freewheeling history lessons, Schon fires her. Not one however, to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventionial Lotte in battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown. This hit by the author of Equus and Amadeus featured a triumphant award-winning performance by Dame Maggie Smith in London and on Broadway.
"An evening of enchantment and delight." - New York Post
"Hilarious." - USA Today
"A celebration of the imagination, a celebration of the art of the theatre." - New York Daily News
"One of the sharpest, wittiest, most passionate and elegant plays of the year." - London Sunday Express