John Steinbeck’s classic saga, Of Mice and Men, returns to the stage in a thrilling new co-production from Sellador and The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury.
A 10-week Uk tour of the epic tale of smbition and dreams, set during the Great Depression, opens at The Marlowe in January.
Written by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck and based on his own experiences in the twenties, Of Mice and Men tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch.
With nothing but the clothes on their back and a dream, the wily and bright George aspires to independence, to be his own boss and most importantly to be ‘somebody’.
Gentle Giant Lennie aspires to be with George and join him in his Eden, but as the saying goes – the best laid schemes of mice and men, often go awry.
Set in the trying times of the 1930s, when millions were forced to travel in search of a job and their dreams, Of Mice and Men is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heart-breaking testament to the bonds of friendship and what it means to be human.
Considered a challenging and controversial play this brand-new adaptation promises to bring to the stage a magical and imaginative story about trying to hold on to your dreams and friendships during fiercely tough times and a faceless destiny.
It is a tale still relevant to modern times.
Director Guy Unsworth, says: “Of Mice and Men is one of the great American stories that has stood the test of time.
“It’s not only about the Great Depression in rural America but a timeless tale of loyalty and the struggles for survival in a cruel and competitive world.
“For me it is also one of the most beautiful stories ever told – both heart-warming and breaking at the same time.
“I fell in love with it when I studied it as a teenager, so it’s always been on my bucket list to direct, and when I mention the title, so many people have a great fondness for it too.
“I can’t wait to bring it back to the stage.”
David Hutchinson, executive creative producer of Selladoor Productions says: “We are delighted to be bringing this timeless classic on a brand-new tour across the UK alongside such an exciting creative team.
“Giving people the chance to revisit this unforgettable story while also bringing it to the stage for a whole new generation of theatre goers.”
2018 Tour Dates
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 Jan – 03 Feb
Northampton Royal, 05 – 10 Feb
Liverpool Royal Court, 12 – 19 Feb
Theatre Royal Glasgow, 26 Feb- 03 March
Salisbury Playhouse, 05 – 10 March
Theatre Royal Brighton, 12 – 17 March
Wimbledon New Theatre, 19 – 26 March
Tunbridge Wells Assembly Halls, 26 – 31 March
Manchester Opera House, 09 – 14 April.
A further date to be announced.