Tom and Viv at Mary Wallace Theatre
Play, Sat 17 - Sat 24 Sep 2016
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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?
|Sat 17 - Sat 24 Sep 2016|
7.45p.m. except for Sunday 18th at 3p.m.
• No performance on Wednesday 21st
£14 full £12 concessions
- On-site light refreshments
- Public toilets
- Welcome Host