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One of the greatest plays of the late twentieth century

Tom and Viv

By Michael Hastings
Tue 12 Sep 2006 - Sat 4 Nov 2006

"A magnificent and superbly acted piece of theatre...the play so powerfully succeeds...a sublime tragedy"

Sunday Times 

"I am threaded through every line of poetry he wrote since we met. Tom has my undying love. And he will have it to the last breath of my body."

Oxford 1915, awkward American graduate Tom meets wildly exquisite Viv.

Bewitched by her personality and class, enticed by his remarkable character, together they embark on a whirlwind romance.

As Tom begins to find literary success, Viv's once-endearing volatility becomes harder to ignore. Their hasty marriage becomes a unique and extraordinary love story.

Tom and Viv tells of the relationship between poet TS Eliot and his first wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood.

Michael Hastings’ brilliantly researched controversial fictional account Tom and Viv was first performed at the Royal Court in 1984 and 10 years later was made into a film starring Willem Dafoe and Miranda Richardson. 

He has written seventeen plays and has written seventeen plays including A Dream of People at the RSC, Calico (Duke of York’s) and The Emperor for the Royal Court (adaptation).  He co-created Man & Boy: Dada with Michael Nyman for Almeida Opera 2004, and in 2006 was reunited with Michael Nyman and Lindsay Posner to co-create Love Counts.

Lindsay Posner returns to the Almeida to direct Tom and Viv, following critical success with Romance and The Hypochondriac . His recent work in the West End includes The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter and A Life in the Theatre by David Mamet.

Cast Include: Anna Carteret, Laura Elphinstone, Will Keen, Frances O'Connor, Robert Portal, Benjamin Whitrow.

Click here to download a PDF of the programme

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Inalphabetical order (with character names)


Anna Carteret (Rose Haigh-Wood)

Laura Elphinstone (Louise)

Will Keen (Tom Eliot)

Frances O'Connor (Vivienne Haigh-Wood)

Robert Portal (Maurice Haigh-Wood)

Benjamin Whitrow (Charles Haigh-Wood)

Creative Team


Lindsay Posner


Giles Cadle


Neil Austin

Composer and Sound Design

Adam Cork 


“A magnificent and superbly acted piece of theatre…the play soars free…a sublime tragedy”  ***** (5 stars)

Christopher Hart, The Sunday Times

Sun 24 Sep 2006

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“An excellently acted revival”

Charles Spencer, The Telegraph
Mon 25 Sep 2006

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“Gripping and touching performances” 

Rhonda Koenig, The Independent
Sat 23 Sep 2006

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Read more reviews: 

The Independent On Sunday, 24 Sep 2006

The Guardian, 25 Sep 2006

Evening Standard, 25 Sep 2006




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