Calico archiveThis new play concerns the passionate relationship between James Joyce's troubled daughter Lucia and the playwright Samuel Beckett. The romance was at its height in 1928, and only Nora Barnacle knew about it. She kept the relationship, which was probably never consummated, from her husband. The novelist only found out about it later. Lucia, who was considered very unstable by her parents and was seen by the psychiatrist Carl Jung in 1934, spent her last 20 years in a nursing home in Nottingham where she died in 1982 aged 75. She had earlier been befriended by an English lady, Jane Lidderdale, who became what virtually amounted to her guardian. The title of the play, Calico, comes from the cotton which is sometimes put around the wrists of those who are taken off to mental homes.


Daniel Weyman (Beckett), Robert Portal, Jamie Beamish, Issy Van Randwyck, Imelda Staunton (Nora Barnacle), Dermot Crowley (James Joyce), Romola Garai (Lucia)


Author: Michael Hastings
Producer(s): Sonia Friedman, Norman Tulchin, Ted Tulchin, Matthew Mitchell Ltd
Director: Edward Hall
Design: Francis O'Connor
Lighting: Ben Ormerod
Sound: Matt McKenzie
Music: Mick Sands
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Calico (Play) production archive for QTIX code T061199510. Details of all Calico archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1843624877

Archive Listings

19 Feb 04
3 Apr 04
Duke of York's Theatre
West End
Greater London

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