By Michael Hastings
"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.
Her more recent theatre work includes Nathan The Wise for Hampstead Theatre, Sitting Pretty for Watford Palace Theatre and Absolutely! (perhaps)at Wyndham’s Theatre. She has worked extensively with Peter Hall and has been a regular player with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her television work includes three series of Juliet Bravo, The Palliser, Sherlock Holmes and Peak Practice.
Cast Includes Anna Carteret, Laura Elphinstone, Will Keen, Frances O'Connor, Robert Portal, Benjamin Whitrow.
Direction Lindsay Posner
Design Giles Cadle
Light Neil Austin
Composer and Sound Adam Cork