Tom & Viv (play)
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|Tom & Viv|
Flyer for original production
|Written by||Michael Hastings|
|Place premiered||Royal Court Theatre|
|[Tom and Viv Official site]|
To write the play, Hastings spent many months conducting interviews with friends and family of the Eliot's that were still alive and read through the letters left behind from the family. The play received some controversy over painting T.S. Eliot in a less than flattering light over his treatment of his wife while she was in poor health. Hastings died in 2011.
The play begins with the beginning of the courtship between T.S. Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood in 1914 and ends with their separation in 1933 and Vivienne's gradual mental health decline until her death in 1947. The play also follows the early career of T.S. Eliot, the death of Vivienne's father, and how her mother Rose dealt with her daughter's failing marriage and mental health.
|Character||1984 Royal Court Theatre cast||1985 The Public Theater cast||1994 film cast||2006 Almeida Theatre cast|
|Vivienne Haigh-Wood||Julie Covington||Miranda Richardson||Frances O'Connor|
|T.S. Eliot||Tom Wilkinson||Edward Herrmann||Willem Dafoe||Will Keen|
|Rose Haigh-Wood||Margaret Tyzack||Rosemary Harris||Anna Carteret|
The play premiered in 1984 at the Royal Court Theatre. The same cast, except for Wilkinson who was replaced by Edward Herrmann, traveled to New York and the play was staged at The Public Theater. The play did not transfer to Broadway, and instead returned to London for a short run.
Adaptations and awards
The play was adapted as a film by Hastings and Adrian Hodges with of the same name in 1993 and released in 1994 by the Weinstein Company. The film received acclaim and Miranda Richardson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and Rosemary Harris was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
For the Royal Court Theatre run, Julie Covington was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Actress of the Year in a New Play.
For the original Off-broadway run, Margaret Tyzack was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play.
- Figure of Controversy accessed 11/4/2016
- Hastings obituary accessed 10/4/2016
- Michael Billington (March 11, 1984). "Theater in London; T. S. Eliot becomes a figure of controversy". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
- Almeida review accessed 11/4/2016
- Tom and Viv Wadham accessed 10/4/2016
- Tom & Viv 1994 film review accessed 10/4/2016
- 1984 Olivier Awards accessed 11/4/2016
- Tom and Viv Playbill accessed 11/4/2016
- Tom and Viv at Goodreads accessed 11/4/2016