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Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck at theatres in Kent

By Angela Cole

The classic tale by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, will come to two Kent theatres in the New Year.

Selladoor productions in association with the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury are staging the 10-week UK tour of the landmark Steinbeck classic, opening at the Marlowe on Canterbury on Monday, January 29.

The show also heads to the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells from Monday, March 26.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Set in the Great Depression, it tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch.

The story is both a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship and what it means to be human.

The new adaptation promises to bring to the stage a magical and imaginative story, which is as relevant today as it was when Steinbeck wrote it.

Director Guy Unsworth said: "Of Mice and Men is one of the great American stories that has stood the test of time.

"It is not only about the Great Depression in 1930s rural America, but is 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 heartwarming and breaking at the same time."

He added: "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."

The show is at the Marlowe Theatre from Monday, January 29 to Saturday, February 3. For tickets visit marlowetheatre.com or call 01227 787787.

The show is at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, from Monday, March 26 to Saturday, March 31. For tickets visit assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk or call 01892 530613.

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