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Tom and Viv

by Michael Hastings
directed by Michelle Hood

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Tom and Viv

Come and join us in exploring one of literature's most stormy relationships, between Tom (T. S. Eliot) and Viv (Vivienne Haigh-Wood).  The play follows the turbulent and emotional conflict between this tragically mismatched couple.  

We follow them from their first meeting in Oxford in 1915 with Viv, the volatile daughter of an upper-class English family, confronting the socially awkward American poet. There then followed a whirlwind romance which led to the classic - marry in haste and repent at leisure. As Viv surveys her unhappy marriage she says to Tom  "I married you to escape my family while you married me, it seems, to embrace almost everything they stood for."

Eliot wrote "To her the marriage brought no happiness. To me it brought the state of mind out of which came The Waste Land."

 So why did the marriage unravel? Was it Eliot's failure in not providing the support his wife desperately needed? Or were Viv's expectations too complex for Tom to understand?



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Saturday 17 to Saturday 24 September 2016
7.45p.m. except for Sunday 18th at 3p.m.

The Monday performance will be followed by a free Question and Answer session with the Director and Cast about the lives of T. S. Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood
• No performance on Wednesday 21st

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Other past productions

  1. Larkin with Women - Ben Brown
  2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  3. Joking Apart - Alan Ayckbourn
  4. The 39 Steps - John Buchan (Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon)
  5. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  6. Romeo and Juliet - A Senior Youth Theatre Production - William Shakespeare
  7. Bette and Joan - Anton Burge
  8. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  9. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  10. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  11. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  12. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  13. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  14. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  15. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  16. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  17. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  18. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  19. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  20. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  21. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  22. Collaborators - John Hodge
  23. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  24. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  25. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  26. The White Devil - John Webster
  27. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  28. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  29. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  30. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  31. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  32. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  33. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  34. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  35. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  36. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  37. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  38. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  39. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  40. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  41. Othello - William Shakespeare
  42. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  43. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  44. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  45. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  46. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  47. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  48. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  49. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  50. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  51. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  52. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  53. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  54. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  55. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  56. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  57. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  58. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  59. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  60. In the Club - Richard Bean
  61. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  62. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  63. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  64. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  65. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  66. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  67. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  68. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  69. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  70. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  71. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  72. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  73. King John - William Shakespeare
  74. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  75. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  76. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  77. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  78. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  79. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  80. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  81. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  82. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  83. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  84. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  85. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  86. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  87. Iron - Rona Munro
  88. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 07484 927 662
(between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

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