Of Mice and Men

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Of Mice and Men, written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, USA. Structured in three acts of two chapters each, it is intended to be both a novella and a script for a play. He wanted to write a novel that could be played from its lines, or a play that could be read like a novel.

Performance history in South Africa

1940: Produced by Joan Heymann for the Johannesburg Repertory Players.

1946: Presented by the Theatre Players, produced by Cyril Chosack in the Hofmeyr Hall in October, with Don Howie, Ralph Kahn, José Ressel, Rosemary Barnard.

1975: Staged at the Lake Theatre by Joe Stewardson and John Higgins Productions, directed by Higgins, with Stewardson (George), Ken Gampu (Lennie), Don Leonard (Jan Tandjies), Adrian Egan (Curley), Diane Appleby (Curley's wife), Stuart Parker (Slim), Ian Yule (Carlson), Stephan Bouwer (Piet) and Bill Curry (Moses).

Sources

Wikipedia [1].

Theatre programme (1940 production) held by NELM: [Collection: THEATRE PROGRAMMES]: 2012. 242. 1. 100.

South African Opinion, 3(9):20, 1946.

Trek, 11(9):24, 1946.

Joe Stewardson and John Higgins Productions programme (undated).



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