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An extraordinary tale of two friends; their loyalty and their dreams
Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Jenny King and Matthew Gale for The Touring Consortium

by John Steinbeck
Directed by Jonathan Church
Designed by Simon Higlett
Lighting by Tim Mitchell
Music by John Tams

Starring Matthew Kelly and George CostiganJonathan Church’s impressive production of Of Mice and Men toured the UK in spring 2003 prior to West End seasons at the Savoy Theatre and the Old Vic, closing on 3rd April 2004. The Savoy production received an Olivier Nomination for Best Revival and Matthew Kelly won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Lennie.
Set against a backdrop of America’s Great Depression, George and Lennie are determined to buy a small farm of their own after years of ekeing out a living as itinerant workers. The two friends soon discover the flip side of their American Dream and the friendship is tested to its limits.

“Steinbeck’s warm and moving tale is portrayed utterly brilliantly… Kelly totally immerses himself in the part of a man misunderstood by many… George is also beautifully portrayed by George Costigan.”
The Redditch Standard 

“Impressive set… beautiful lighting … good performances…
directed by The REP’s artistic director Jonathan Church … and a very good job he makes of it too”

The Guardian

 “…a play that is moving, entertaining and educational.”
Birmingham Metro

“Matthew Kelly …excellent and a performance of matching quality from George Costigan.”
 Birmingham Post

“Church provides a play that is moving, entertaining and educational… he captures the atmosphere and vastness of the American wilderness.”

‘Of Mice and Men’ is one of the classic stories of the twentieth century written and adapted for the stage by America’s greatest novelist, John Steinbeck.