It’s one of John Steinbeck’s classic novels. Now The Touring Consortium Theatre Company and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre are touring Of Mice and Men starring stage and screen veteran Dudley Sutton.
“Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place…with us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us”.
Two migrant farm workers, held together by a mutual dependence, a deep affection and an undying loyalty, go in search of new beginning in the hope of attaining their shared dream: of putting together enough money to buy a small piece of land and building a home.
No strangers to trouble, George and Lennie soon find themselves reeling from the fallout of an innocent misunderstanding which spirals out of control and leaves the two men, bound together by friendship, facing an earth-shattering climax.
A story, raw in speech and action, full of heart and unflinching realism, it remains one of the most poignant statements of being human our contemporary theatre has produced.
Of Mice and Men will be directed by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s artistic director Roxana Silbert and features Dudley Sutton as Candy. The cast also includes Dave Fishley, Nicholas Goode, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Neil McKinven, Kristian Phillips, Jonah Russell and William Rodell.
Dudley Sutton is best known for his role in the BBC classic Lovejoy but is also a renowned stage actor who began his career starring in some of the most iconic plays of the sixties, including Jo Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane and Tom Murphy’s A Whistle In The Dark.
Over the course of his career he has worked with legendary directors including Federico Fellini, Derek Jarman, Sally Potter and Ken Russell.
Created by producer Jenny King, The Touring Consortium Theatre Company will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016, both with Of Mice and Men, and A Tale of Two Cities by Mike Poulton with Royal and Derngate, Northampton, directed by R&D artistic director James Dacre.
Jenny King said: “The company was created in 1996 in response to a need expressed by chief executives of several of the UKs leading touring venues for quality text based drama that reached out to new, young audiences as well as sustaining the interest of core theatre goers.
“Since its creation we have produced over 23 productions, played to over a million people, and involved some 25,000 young people in our workshops and creative learning programmes.”
UK tour dates 2016
February 4–13, Birmingham Repertory Theatre February 23-27, Cheltenham Everyman Theatre March 1-5, Nottingham Theatre Royal March 8-12, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton March 15-19, Darlington Civic Theatre March 22-26, Grand Theatre, Blackpool April 12-16, Arts Theatre, Cambridge April 19-23, Theatre Royal, Brighton April 26-30, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh May 3-7, New Theatre, Cardiff May 10-14, Oxford Playhouse May 23-28, Leicester Curve.