The Almeida is pleased to announce a third year of support from

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    T O M A N D V I V

Lindsay Posner will direct Will Keen and Frances O’Connor as Tom and Viv in

    the first London revival of Michael Hastings’ play. Tom and Viv, the story of

    the relationship between T. S. Eliot and his first wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood, will run at the Almeida from 12 September until 4 November, with press night on 22 September 2006. Designs are by Giles Cadle with lighting by Neil Austin and music and sound by Adam Cork.

    Cambridge 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 bear. Their hasty marriage becomes an impossible love story.

    The cast is: Anna Carteret (Rose), Laura Elphinstone (Louise), Will Keen (Tom), Frances O’Connor (Viv), Robert Portal (Maurice) and Benjamin Whitrow (Charles).

Anna Carteret plays Rose. 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.

    Laura Elphinstone plays Louise. Her theatre work includes Dominic Cooke’s production of The Crucible for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Breathing

    Corpses for the Royal Court and Pictures of Clay for the Royal Exchange

    Theatre, Manchester. Her film work includes the soon to be released The

    History Boys, directed by Nicholas Hytner.

    Will Keen returns to the Almeida to play Tom - previously he played Simon in Michael Attenborough’s Five Gold Rings. His other theatre work includes

    Declan Donnellan’s production of The Changeling at the Barbican, The

    Rubenstein Kiss for the Hampstead Theatre, Peter Hall’s productions of Don

    Juan and Man and Superman for the Theatre Royal Bath, Tom Stoppard's The

    Coast of Utopia at the National Theatre, and Neil Bartlett's production of Pericles at the Lyric Hammersmith. His film work includes Love and Other

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Disasters and The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz. On television he was recently

    seen as Francis Bacon in C4’s Elizabeth and Cezanne in The Impressionists for

    the BBC.

Frances O’Connor will make her Almeida Theatre debut as Viv. She last

    appeared on the London stage in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in the West End,

    directed by Anthony Page. Her New York theatre work includes Much Ado

    About Nothing, The Lady from the Sea and Lady Windemere’s Fan, all for the

    Manhattan Theatre Club. Her extensive film work includes The Importance of

    Being Earnest, A.I., Bedazzled and Mansfield Park. On television she played

    the lead role in Madame Bovary for the BBC for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

    Robert Portal plays Maurice. As well as extensive work for the RSC, his more recent theatre work includes Private Lives and The Deep Blue Sea for the

    Theatre Royal Bath, Calico at the Duke of York’s Theatre and Noises Off at the

    Piccadilly Theatre. His film work includes Stiff Upper Lip and Mrs Dalloway and

    on television his work includes Clocking Off, Rosemary and Thyme and The

    Queen’s Sister.

    Benjamin Whitrow, who will play Charles, has performed extensively for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Chichester Festival Theatre. His more recent theatre credits include Alan Strachan’s production of Entertaining Angels, Douglas Hodge’s production of See How They Run and

    Tamsin Oglesby’s production of Only The Lonely. His film credits include

    Quadrophenia, Clockwise, Restoration, Damage and Brimstone and Treacle.

    His television credits include Murder in Suburbia, The Factory, Shackleton and

    Spoils of War.

Michael Hastings has written seventeen plays, including Tom and Viv, For the

    West (Uganda), The World’s Baby, Lee Harvey Oswald, Unfinished Business, Full

    Frontal, Carnival War, Stars of the Roller State Disco and Calico. He has

    received an Oscar nomination and has won several awards for writing, including an Emmy, an Evening Standard Comedy of the Year Award and a Somerset Maugham Award. Following the success of Man and Boy: Dada at

    Almeida Opera 2004, composer Michael Nyman, playwright Michael Hastings, director Lindsay Posner and conductor Paul McGrath join forces again to present, Love Counts, a poignant operatic love story, for Almeida Opera 2006.

    Tom and Viv received its world premiere at the Royal Court in February 1984 directed by Max Stafford-Clark with a cast including Richard Butler, Michelle Copsey, David Haigh, Tom Wilkinson (later Edward Herrmann) and Margaret Tyzack. The production transferred to Joe Papp's Public Theatre in New York in January 1985. In 1994 Brian Gilbert directed Michael Hastings and Adrian Hodges’ screenplay of Tom and Viv with a cast including Willem Dafoe,

    Miranda Richardson, Rosemary Harris, Tim Dutton and Nickolas Grace.


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Lindsay Posner’s productions of David Mamet’s Romance and Richard Bean’s

    new adaptation of Molière’s The Hypochondriac were both presented at the

    Almeida in 2005. His other recent theatre work includes David Mamet’s

    A Life in the Theatre and Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party at the Duchess

    Theatre, as well as Mamet’s Oleanna at the Garrick Theatre, Sexual Perversity

    in Chicago at the Comedy Theatre and Molière’s Tartuffe at the National

    Theatre. Lindsay Posner’s production of Fool For Love with Juliet Lewis is

    currently running at the Apollo Theatre in the West End. Lindsay Posner and Michael Hastings have recently collaborated on Love Counts, Michael

    Nyman’s opera which was presented as part of this year’s Almeida Opera.


Tom and Viv

Tuesday 24 October at 7.30pm - Captioned performance

    Saturday 28 October at 3pm - Audio Described performance & Touch Tour Wednesday 1 November 7.30pm - Sign Language Interpreted performance

    Almeida Access Line 020 7288 4999 or email


    Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1TA


Phone 020 7359 4404 (24 hour)

    In person 10.00am 7.30pm, Monday - Saturday


    Tickets ?6.00 - ?29.50, concessions available


    Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinées at 3.00pm, Press Nights at 7pm


    Tube: Highbury and Islington (Victoria Line, North London Line)

     Angel (Northern Line)

    Bus: 4, 19, 30, 43 (Upper Street) 38, 56, 73 (Islington Green) 271,

    277 (Highbury Corner)

    Car Parking: Limited on-street parking on Almeida Street after

    6.30pm Monday to Friday, after 1.30pm Saturday

    Nearest Car Park 5 minutes walk at the Business Design



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The Almeida’s website - - has a 'Press Office' section

    which includes our most recent press releases and a press release archive




12 September 4 November

    Michael Hastings


    Press Night 22 September

9 November 06 6 January 07

    Charlotte Jones


    Press Night 17 November

11 January - 3 March 07

    Frank McGuinness


    Press Night 18 January


For further press information:

    Premier PR Theatre Department

    020 7292 8330

    Janine Shalom,

    Sophie Glover,

    Esther Beaumont,

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