John Steinbeck’s The Pearl comes to Hertford stage

PUBLISHED: 12:25 02 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:25 02 November 2014

The Pearl is coming to Hertford Theatre

The Pearl is coming to Hertford Theatre


A critically-acclaimed adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novella about the allure of wealth, the confines of class and the redemptive power of love can be seen on stage in Hertford next week.

Following a popular run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013, Dumbshow Theatre Company presents The Pearl at Hertford Theatre on Thursday, November 6 at 7.45pm.

It’s another brilliant piece of drama coming to the theatre in The Wash – and schools and reading groups can buy tickets at a discounted rate.

A Hertford Theatre spokeswoman said: “For this show, we are particularly interested in working with local reading groups who may wish to come to the show before or after reading The Pearl and use the performance as a brilliant way of enhancing the text.

“For those who are members of reading groups, we are offering tickets at £8 each.

“They just need to mention the offer when booking at the box office.”

Standard tickets cost £13 and it is £11 concessions.

The Pearl is a faithful adaptation by Sam Gayton from the novella by Steinbeck, who is a set author for GCSE English in most schools.

Directed by Michael Bryher, it asks the audience to consider what they value most in the world.

When impoverished pearl-diver Kino finds the “pearl of the world” he believes his family’s life will be transformed forever.

Seduced by the pearl’s promise of riches, he is blind to the danger of possessing something that everyone else wants. Instead of bringing hope, the pearl leads Kino down a dark path.

Steinbeck’s story resonates strongly today as we reel from a financial crisis and begin to question anew whether money has become our master rather than our servant.

The Pearl is narrated by a chorus of beachcombers who construct the set and props from the sea’s washed-up debris and transform into all of the characters in the story, accompanied by an original musical score.

A timeless fable, The Pearl will make you laugh, it will make you think, and it may even make you cry, but most of all you will leave feeling like you have experienced a great piece of theatre.

Sam Gayton, whose first novel The Snow Merchant made Amazon’s ‘Best of 2012’ list of the top 10 children’s books, supplies a gripping and poetic script, faithful to Steinbeck’s story.

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