Classic Novel to be Staged in the Region in 2018

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Selladoor productions, in association with The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, have announced a 10-week UK Tour of the landmark Steinbeck classic Of Mice and Men opening in Canterbury on 22 January 2018 and appearing at the Theatre Royal, Brighton from Monday 12th to Saturday 17th March 2018 and at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells from Monday 26th to Saturday 31st March 2018.

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 Great Depression, 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. A tale still relevant to modern times.

Guy Unsworth, Director 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 1930s 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 whilst also bringing it to the stage for a whole new generation of theatre goers’.

Of Mice and Men appears at the Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday 12th – Saturday 17th March with nightly performances at 7.45pm and Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets for these dates, priced from £15.90 – £41.40, are onsale already. The performances at The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, from Monday 26th – Saturday 31st March, will be onsale soon at www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk and through the box office on 01892 530613

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I have lived in Sussex for the past 15 years and have links with many of the arts venues throughout the county. I am passionate about the local arts scene and, as well as providing reviews of local performances, I also preview some of the exciting shows and events taking place around the county. I have devoted all of my working life to the worlds of theatre and travel so, when I am not on holiday somewhere, you can usually find me at one of our superb local theatres, or simply enjoying life with my young son.

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