STEINBECK’S American classic ‘Of Mice and Men’ will be thrilling audiences across the UK as Suffolk based producer Matthew Townshend teams up with Selladoor Worldwide to take the play on a nationwide tour.

The show sees George and Lennie, migrant workers who dream of owning their own ranch, facing the harsh realities of the Great Depression.

Both the play and the novel have at different times been considered challenging and controversial. As relevant today as in the 1930’s, this new adaptation promises to be a heart-breaking and thought-provoking portrait of the American Dream.

Featuring Richard Keightley (Mousetrap, St Martin’s Theatre) as George and Matthew Wynn (Hamlet, Measure for Measure, The Almeida, Young Vic) as Lennie, the show has been co-produced by Matthew Townshend Productions alongside Selladoor Worldwide in association with The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury where previews began on January 29.

Matthew Townshend said: “Working with a wonderfully creative team on such a classic is a real privilege. Despite recent changes in the examination list, Steinbeck’s novel continues to be a favourite with schools.  I have always been involved in Theatre in Education and we will be holding ‘Page to Stage’ workshops and Learning Sessions throughout the tour. I’m really excited to see what young people make of this timeless story”.

Matthew, who toured Sheridan Morley’s Noel & Gertie in 2017, is aso a lecturer in Performing Arts, teaching recently at Suffolk New College and in Cambridge at Anglia Ruskin University.

The tour runs until late April and visits major theatres in England, Wales, Scotland and in London. For a full tour list, details on dates and tickets visit:

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