Seeing the show on a big screen may be a boon, given Franco's performance as the taciturn George is very subdued and feels more suited to the close ups offered by cinema than the stage. It is O'Dowd who shines, as the gentle but simple Lennie, proving himself an accomplished dramatic, as well as comic, actor.
These two leads are directed Anna D. Shapiro, whose previous work includes another exploration of American cultural identity, August: Osage County, which you may have seen at the National Theatre in 2008. This is a unique opportunity to see an acclaimed production from across the pond with all the comfort and convenience of your local cinema. While you may lose to the inimitable atmosphere of the stage, you will gain the intimacy of close ups and subtly in the live performances.
|What||Of Mice and Men, National Theatre Live|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Acton Town (underground)|
On 19 Nov 15, Screening times vary
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