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Calico to close after just one month in West End



Story by Jack Foley

A HIGH profile play about the troubled 1920s romance between Irish playwright, Samuel Beckett, and Lucia Joyce, the mentally unstable daughter of novelist James Joyce, has posted closing notices just one month after its world premiere.

Michael Hastings' Calico, which stars I Capture The Castle actress, Romola Garai and Dermot Crowley, opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre on March 3, and had been booking up to May 29, but will now close on April 3, following mixed notices and disappointing ticket sales.

The production, directed by Edward Hall, cast the emerging Garai as Lucia Joyce, with Crowley and Imelda Staunton, as her parents, James Joyce and Nora Barnacle. Daniel Weyman portrayed Beckett.

Hastings’ play is due to be followed at the Duke of York’s by Laurence Boswell’s production of Simon Gray’s The Holy Terror, which stars Simon Callow.

It has recently completed a regional tour, including a stop-off at Richmond, where it drew considerable, but not overwhelming, acclaim.

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