Steinbeck’s American dream comes to life in Nottingham
Nottingham Playhouse is to stage John Steinbeck’s powerful tale of two outsiders in search of the American Dream, Of Mice and Men, later this week.
The Playhouse’s artistic director Giles Croft who directs said, “Of Mice and Men is an exploration of what it is to be human in an economic depression.
“It was written in the 1930s but there are many people all over the world today who are embarking on the same kind of journey as the principal characters, George and Lennie.
“The play is an excellent portrayal of the struggle to maintain control of one’s life when the economic and social climate is unforgiving.”
Nottingham Playhouse favourite John Elkington, known for playing the dame in the theatre’s annual panto, demonstrates his versatility by taking the role of George.
Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, who plays Lenny, portrayed bowler Bill Voce in Michael Pinchbeck’s play The Ashes, which focused on the England cricket team's 1932 tour of Australia, at Nottingham Playhouse in September last year.
Other familiar faces, include Robin Bowerman who played England tour manager Pelham "Plum" Warner in The Ashes, and Bridie Higson who was in the cast of Andy Barrett’s version of Henrik Ibsen’s The League of Youth, also at the theatre last year.
Of Mice and Men runs at Nottingham Playhouse from Friday (2 November) until Saturday, 17 November. Press night will be on Tuesday, 6 November.