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Play, Sat 17 - Sat 24 Sep 2016


Mary Wallace Theatre

020 8744 0547


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Sat 17 - Sat 24 Sep Tom and Viv
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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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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 17 - Sat 24 Sep 2016
Saturday 17 to Saturday 24 September 2016
7.45p.m. except for Sunday 18th at 3p.m.
• No performance on Wednesday 21st


£14 full £12 concessions



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Map reference: TQ 164732  Lat: 51.44646 Long: -0.32545

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