Manchester Opera House will host Selladoor Productions’ Manchester shows during their 10-week UK tour of the Steinbeck classic Of Mice and Men.

What is Of Mice and Men about?

Of Mice and Men was written by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck and is a challenging and controversial play.  It is, at times, uplifting and sometimes upsetting.  Of Mice and Men is set in the times of the Great Depression when millions were forced to travel in search of a job.  Steinbeck’s play is based on his own experiences in the twenties.

Steinbeck tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch.  With nothing but the clothes on their back and a dream, the wily and bright George aspires to independence.  He yearns to be his own boss and most importantly to be ‘somebody’. Gentle Giant Lennie’s aspirations are to be with George and join him in his Eden. But as the saying goes – the best laid schemes of mice and men, often go awry.

This brand-new adaptation promises to bring to the stage a magical and imaginative story about trying to hold on to your dreams and friendships during fiercely tough times and a faceless destiny.

Speaking of the play, director Guys Unsworth commented, ‘Of Mice and Men is one of the great American stories that has stood the test of time. It’s not only about the Great Depression in 1930s rural America but a timeless tale of loyalty and the struggles for survival in a cruel and competitive world. For me it is also one of the most beautiful stories ever told – both heart-warming and breaking at the same time. I fell in love with it when I studied it as a teenager, so it’s always been on my bucket list to direct, and when I mention the title, so many people have a great fondness for it too. I can’t wait to bring it back to the stage’.

Where and when is Of Mice and Men performed in Manchester?

Of Mice and Men will be performed at Manchester Opera House from 9-14 April 2018.  Tickets are on sale now.

Cast details will be announced shortly.