Richmond Shakespeare Society at The Mary Wallace Theatre

Welcome to the Richmond Shakespeare Society

We are a highly-respected amateur dramatic society founded in 1934 to perform Shakespeare's plays annually in the open air.

Today we have grown to a programme of eight productions a year by vastly differing playwrights from ancient Greece to the modern day. In addition, we have two shows by our Youth Theatre groups.

We have our own theatre, the Mary Wallace Theatre by the riverside in Twickenham. Our Summer Show is an Open Air production, in the gardens of neighbouring York House.

Please note that the Mary Wallace is a Club Theatre and that only members of the RSS may buy tickets. However, becoming a member is easy and costs only £10; members may buy tickets for friends and family. The Summer Show is open to non-members.

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Next production:  17 - 24 September 2016

Tom and Viv

by Michael Hastings
directed by Michelle Hood

Tom and Viv

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

Telephone bookings open on 5 September: Call the box office, between 10 am and 7 pm only please, on 020 8744 0547

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 020 8744 0547
(between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

“We, ignorant of ourselves, beg often our own harms, which the wise powers deny us for our good” Antony & Cleopatra, Act ii, Sc.1