“Beautifully crafted and staged, the production team excels in creating the highly charged and emotional relationship between George and Lennie.” The Stage
“…a final dramatic, emotional and moving ending that leaves you in a state of disbelief and tugs at your heartstrings. Highly recommended.” The British Theatre Guide
"Unbelievable! Such a powerful performance." Audience member
Lennie and George drift from ranch to ranch like tumbleweed, looking for work. They are two amongst thousands of farm workers destined to a lonely life on the road in America during the height of the Great Depression. But unlike so many other guys, they have each other for company - friends in a hostile world. They share a dream of owning their own little place someday, where they’ll live off the fat of the land.
John Steinbeck’s great play beautifully describes the touching relationship between Lennie, a giant of a man with the mind of a gentle child, and the wiry, shrewd George, who looks out for him and needs him in equal measure. Lennie’s desire to pet soft things has already caused them to run from the law. Can George keep him out of trouble long enough for them to realise their dream?
Widely considered a twentieth century classic, this is an opportunity to see a deeply moving play by one of America’s greatest writers.
"An amazing piece of theatre. One of the best." Audience member
“this is a beautifully subtle interpretation of Steinbeck’s classic and a memorable production.” Whats OnStage.com
“It’s a testament to the strength of this production that, despite knowing how the story will play out, I still find myself absorbed in twists and turns of the plot, suspending disbelief and rooting for Lennie and George as the omens stack up against them.” The Good Review *****
Pre-show Play Introduction
Friday 18 May at 6.45pm
Wind down from the week with an informal, free introduction to the play from the Assistant Director. Held in the Lily Pond. (no pre-booking required)
Jeff Alexander - Crooks
Tom Berish - Curley
David Ganly - Lennie
Nicholas Hart - Whit
Siobhan O'Kelly - Curley's Wife
Thomas Padden - George
Carl Patrick - The Boss/Carlson
Ian Porter - Slim
Johnson Willis - Candy
Monday evening, Thursday and Saturday matinées £14, £14.50.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings £14.50, £21, £23.
Friday and Saturday evenings £15.50, £23, £25.
Special Schools Group Price
Monday to Thursday evenings and matinées £12.
First Week Special
First Thursday and Friday evening, seats £14.50 and £15 (no other discounts apply).
West Berks Residents Green Card
10% off top two price bands on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday matinee and evenings from 15 - 17 May
Free talk back after the show on Friday 25 May and Friday 8 June.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night meal deal – two course post-show meal with coffee and a top price ticket for the show only £32.50.
Must be booked through the box office 01635 46044.
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinées at 2.30pm
(please note there is no matinée performance on Thursday 10 May)
Saturday 16 June performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm
Directed by Douglas Rintoul
Designed by Hayley Grindle
Lighting designed by Paul Anderson
Sound designed by Helen Atkinson