Of Mice and Men to launch UK tour

Of Mice and Men - William Rodell as 'George' & Kristian Phillips as 'Lennie' - cShaun Webb

The Touring Consortium Theatre Company and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre present a new tour of John Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice and Men, opening at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 4th February 2016, then touring the UK until May.

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 the cast will include Dave Fishley as Crooks, Nicholas Goode as Whit, Saoirse-Monica Jackson as Curley’s Wife, Neil McKinven as Carlson/Boss, Kristian Phillips as Lennie, Jonah Russell as Slim, and William Rodell as George, Ben Stott as Curley and Dudley Sutton as Candy.

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 brand new adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities by Mike Poulton with Royal and Derngate, Northampton, directed by James Dacre with music by the Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman.

Jenny King said: ‘The company was created in 1996 in response to a need expressed by chief executives of several of the UK’s 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 and played to over a million people, and involved some 25,000 young people in our workshops and creative learning programmes.’

Visit touringconsortium.co.uk/show/of-mice-and-men to book tickets.

UK tour dates 2016
Thursday 4th – Saturday 13th February
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th February
Cheltenham Everyman Theatre

Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th March
Nottingham Theatre Royal

Tuesday 8th – Saturday 12th March
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th March
Darlington Civic Theatre

Tuesday 22nd – Saturday 26th March
Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th April
Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Tuesday 19th – Saturday 23rd April
Theatre Royal, Brighton

Tuesday 26th – Saturday 30th April
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th May
New Theatre, Cardiff

Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th May
Oxford Playhouse

Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th May
Leicester Curve

Image: Shaun Webb

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