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Hastings Revives Tom & Viv after Calico???

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Michael Hastings isn’t a name you hear bandied about the West End every day, but it looks like the author will be doubly represented in town in 2004. Calico, Hastings’ new play about the secret romance between Samuel Beckett and James Joyce’s daughter Lucia, receives its world premiere at the Duke of York’s next month, in a production directed by Edward Hall and starring Romola Garai, Imelda Staunton and Dermot Crowley (See News, 13 Jan 2004). Then, in the autumn, Lindsay Posner, who directed Matthew Perry and Minnie Driver in Sexual Perversity in Chicago last year, plans to revive Hastings’ piece about another troubled literary relationship, Tom and Viv. The 1984 play - which delves into the marriage of poet TS Eliot and his first wife, Vivien, who he had committed - was made into a film starring Willem Dafoe and Miranda Richardson in 1994.

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