Of Mice and Men cast announced

Of Mice and Men cast announced

14 January 2016

The first week of rehearsals for Of Mice and Men began in Birmingham this week, the cast heading the play includes Dudley Sutton as Candy and William Rodell and Kristian Phillips as George and Lennie.

Kristian Phillips and William Rodell will play migrant farm workers George and Lennie, who are famously held together by a mutual dependence, a deep affection and an undying loyalty.  George and Lennie go in search of new beginning in the hope of attaining their shared dream: of putting together enough money to buy a small piece of land and building a home. 

Dudley Sutton plays ranch worker Candy, lonely and isolated because of his age, he knows he can only work for so much longer before being put aside. Neil McKinven plays Carlson, and The Boss, who runs the ranch and is father of confrontational Curley, played by Ben Stott. Saoirse-Monica Jackson plays the only female character in the play, known only as 'Curley's Wife', she dislikes her husband and feels lonely on the ranch. Nicholas Goode plays young worker Whit, Jonah Russell plays jerkline skinner Slim, and Dave Fishley plays stable buck Crooks.

The cast is joined by understudies Samantha Hopkins, who is also Assistant Stage Manager and is writing a weekly blog from the rehearsal room, Graham Elwell, David Tudor and Duane Hannibal

Dudley Sutton is best known for his role in the BBC classic Lovejoy but is also a renowned stage actor who began his career starring in some of the most iconic plays of the sixties, including Jo Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane and Tom Murphy's A Whistle In The Dark. Over the course of his career he has worked with legendary directors including Federico Fellini, Derek Jarman, Sally Potter and Ken Russell. 

Of Mice and Men publicity shots

Of Mice and Men premieres at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where it runs from 4 to 13 February 2016. It then tours to Cheltenham, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Darlington, Blackpool, Cambridge, Brighton, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Oxford and Leicester where it concludes on 28 May.