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Of Mice and Men – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Maggie Constable One of the most powerful pieces of story-telling in American literature, John Steinbeck’s 1937 classic Of Mice and Men has begun its week-long run at the Royal and Derngate. It was made famous by the iconic film of the 30s and then again in the 1992 movie starring John Malkovich. It ...

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Of Mice and Men – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Jan Townend Set Design: Dave Law Reviewer: Ron Simpson John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is unusual in that his stage version is not really an adaptation. Where most dramatisations of novels involve the writing of fresh dialogue and decisions about what to cut, Steinbeck’s original novella is short enough and so full of dialogue that ...

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Of Mice and Men – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Canterbury is currently hosting a brand-new touring production of John Steinbeck’s classic American story, produced by Selladoor Productions, in association with The Marlowe Theatre.  Many will have been touched by the story and many will appreciate the beauty of Steinbeck’s narrative style, but far fewer will have had the opportunity to ...

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The Grapes of Wrath – Nottingham Playhouse

Molly Logan (Rose)

Writer: Frank Galati adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer:  Claire Going John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel is widely acknowledged as an epic tale of struggle and unity, and Frank Galati’s stage adaptation has been lauded, winning a Tony Award back in 1990.  What a shame, then, that Abbey Wright’s new production of The Grapes of Wrath never quite ...

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Of Mice and Men – Oxford Playhouse

Kristian Phillips and William Rodell in Of Mice And Men

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Everyone is familiar with Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck’s classic story of two migrant ranch workers striving to escape their menial life in mid-depression California. It’s a tragedy that has etched itself, as both a novella and a play, into the very fabric of the American psyche and into the ...

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Of Mice and Men – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: John Steinbeck (based on his novel) Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   Relevant to what is happening worldwide today, as displaced people struggle to find work and a home, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men packs as potent a punch as ever. Based on Steinbeck’s own experiences back in the 1920s, it tells the story of two migrant ...

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Of Mice and Men – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Kristian Phillips and William Rodell in Of Mice And Men

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Gareth Davies When you overhear another audience member likening the main character of this classic American tale to Benny fromCrossroads, it's hard not to think that something could be slightly awry on the stage. But there is certainly something which doesn't connect, or isn't consistent, or just doesn't hit the mark about this ...

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Off Mice And Men – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Kristian Phillips and William Rodell in Of Mice And Men

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Niall Harman Of Mice and Men has been a set text at British schools for decades, which explains the masses of teenagers flocking to see this production in droves. Yet while John Steinbeck’s novel has proved to be a timeless classic and the topic of many a frustrated sixteen year old's coursework essay, ...

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