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Tea at Five

Matthew Lombardo

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TEA AT FIVE captures the fiery spirit of Katherine Hepburn in a one-woman show that recounts her journey from a well-heeled Yankee childhood to being a winner of four Oscars. Ensconced at her beloved Fenwick home, Ms. Hepburn reflects on the dizzying heights and emotional lows of her upbringing, her adventures in show business and her heartbreaking romance with Spencer Tracy. Audiences leave with new memories of one of the most dearly loved ladies of an era.

Production Info

Cast: 1 total (1 female)
Full Length Comedy (about 90 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Marvelous! Well-written!” —The New York Times

“Hepburn would love it! What becomes a legend most? Having a play written about you that honors your life without sentimentalizing it!” —The Boston Globe

“… a poignant exploration of the universal joy and anguish of love …” —Variety

“Hep-hep hooray! TEA AT FIVE is skillfully written and sheer fun!” —New York Daily News

“TEA AT FIVE is wonderful!” —Today (NBC)

“A splendid brew! Lombardo’s stunning new work is superb! TEA AT FIVE is a collaborative work of genius and is delicious throughout!” —Hartford Courant

About the Author


  • Matthew Lombardo

    MATTHEW LOMBARDO (Playwright) Broadway: HIGH (w/ Kathleen Turner) at the Booth Theatre and LOOPED (w/ Valerie Harper in a Tony-nominated performance) at the Lyceum Theatre. Off-Broadway: WHO'S HOLIDAY! at The Westside Theatre (Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Solo Show); TEA AT FIVE (w/ Kate Mulgrew) at the Promenade Theatre (IRNE Award for Best Solo Play) MOTHER AND CHILD (w/ Ann Wedgeworth) at Second Stage and GUILTY INNOCENCE at The Actors' Playhouse. Television: "Another World" (WGA nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Writing). Regional: Hartford Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, and others. Upcoming: WHEN PLAYWRIGHTS KILL, and CONVERSATIONS WITH MOTHER.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 6/2/2020
Pages 42
ISBN 9780881458725

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

TEA AT FIVE was first produced by Daryl Roth,
David Gersten, Paul Morer, Michael Filerman,
Amy Nederlander and Scott E Nederlander at
the Promenade Theatre in New York City opening on 9 March 2003

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Tea at Five is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


9/23/2021 – 10/10/2021
Queensbury Theatre
Houston, TX


12/8/2023 – 12/24/2023
Houston, TX

11/19/2023 – 11/19/2023
Unboxed Productions

5/19/2023 – 5/21/2023
Unboxed Productions
Belleview, FL

10/3/2022 – 10/3/2022
South Bend Civic Theatre
South Bend, IN

7/23/2022 – 7/27/2022
Royal Larkspur Players
Ketchum, ID

1/29/2021 – 2/7/2021
South Bend Civic Theatre
South Bend, IN