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The next production at the People's Theatre promises to be a powerful and tragic drama which probes hard-hitting issues.

The next production at the People's Theatre promises to be a powerful and tragic drama which probes hard-hitting issues. Jennifer Bradbury has the details.

The People's Theatre is staging its production of the modern classic Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck this week.

Written in November 1937, the play opened to rave reviews on Broadway. It was adapted by John Steinbeck from his very successful novelette of the same title published earlier the same year. The play contains word for word the same dialogue as the novelette for certain scenes, although it has been slightly adapted for the stage.

This GCSE set text is one of the most popular American novels ever written. Set in 1930s California, the plot centres around two migrant farm workers, the sharp and sensible George Milton (Andrew Glancey) and large and child-like Lennie Small (Mark Burden).

Steinbeck depicts George and Lennie as two innocents whose dream conflicts with the realities of a world dominated by materialism and greed.

The play follows them through four eventful days in their pursuit of their version of the `American Dream'. But as the title of the play suggests, events unfold to change their plans forever.

This production, directed by first-time director Sarah McLane, is staying true to script by setting it in America in the late 1930s. Popular music of the period and original photographs from depression era American Midwest contribute to the texturally and visually rich design.

Of Mice and Men is a powerful, tragic drama raising issues of poverty, isolation, and discrimination that are still very relevant to today's audiences.

Of Mice and Men

People's Theatre, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne

Tuesday, October 31 - Saturday, November 4, 2006, 7.30pm

£8.50 (£6.50 concessions)

Call (0191) 265 5020

Visit www.peoples-theatre.co.uk

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