9th Dec, 2016

Back by popular demand, Of Mice and Men returns to Birmingham

Solihull Editorial 31st Jan, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A PRODUCTION of Mice and Men which makes a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship between migrant workers during the Great Depression will be performed at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

John Steinbeck’s classic story will be brought to life at the venue from February 4 to February 13.

Back by popular demand, featuring a new cast, the show will open at The REP before touring the UK until May.

This masterpiece tells the story of two migrant farm workers, George and Lennie.

Held together by a mutual dependence, a deep affection and undying loyalty they go in search of a new beginning in the hope of attaining their shared dream – 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 facing an earth-shattering climax.

The story, which is raw in speech and action, full of heart and unflinching realism, remains one of the most poignant statements of being human that our contemporary theatre has produced.

Director Roxana Silbert said: “Eight decades after it was first published, Of Mice and Men remains heartbreakingly resonant.

“On the news every night we see people risking their lives for a dream of a better life, experiencing the extremes of desperation and human kindness in their quest.

“Of Mice and Men captures the epic story of the American dream in tandem with the beautiful story of an ordinary friendship which sits at the heart of the play.”

Tickets cost between £13.50 and £35.

Showings will be held at 7.30pm from the Monday to Saturday, apart from on February 9 when the evening show will start at 7pm.

Matinees will be held at 2pm on February 6, 9 and 11.

Visit birmingham-rep.co.uk or call the box office on 0121 236 4455 for more.