NT Live: Of Mice and Men

NT Live: Of Mice and Men


From the National Theatre's 2014 season of live HD recordings direct from the stage, this is John Steinbeck's classic tale featuring praised performances by James Franco and Chris O'Dowd. The New York production is the first Broadway play to be presented by National Theatre.... More

"This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro (Broadway's August: Osage County) and co-stars Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl). This production was nominated for two Tony Awards." (National Theatre)Hide

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Theatrical dynamite from two actors keen to prove their acting chops through total immersion in their characters. Franco I knew had greatness in him, but O'Dowd I only knew from BBC TV comedy 'The I.T. Crowd' and his soppy romantic roles in the likes of 'Bridesmaids.' Well, after seeing him in this, there's no doubting his ability to take on a role. Acting students will relish the performances and fans of Steinbeck will love the no-nonsense approach Anna D. Shapiro takes to directing the play.... More Scintillating theatre and suprisingly refined performances make for a delightful cinematic peek into Broadway's finest.Hide

The Press Reviews

  • Franco is a welcome illustration of what can happen when a star sheds his other personas and takes to the stage to simply act. Full Review

  • Shapiro’s handsome, meticulously designed production feels about as fluid as a diorama in a history museum. And its two undeniably talented leading men, though known as quirky and adventurous screen stars, here wear their archetypes like armor. Full Review