REVIEW: Of Mice and Men is a Timeless Tale

'The quiet power and impact of this classic work makes it such a special piece of theatre to see.'

There’s a great ensemble cast of characters in this play, but it’s migrant workers George and Lennie who are the backbone of the story and Richard Keightley and Matthew Wynn prove themselves to be a perfect choice for these two iconic roles. Keightley is vividly engaging as the smooth-talking brains of the outfit, George, while Wynn delivers an endearing and captivating performance in his portrayal of simple giant Lennie.The supporting cast are an asset to the production as well, especially Andrew Boyer as the aging, crippled farmhand Candy and Rosemary Boyle as Curley’s Wife. They work their way well around a set which is simple but effective, and a clever use of light steers the scenes through the days as events unfold. - **** Julie Robinson, London Theatre 1

Slick, dramatic and touching. The direction from Guy Unsworth ensures that the audience are truly sucked into George and Lennie’s journey from the moment they step on stage. David Woodhead’s set was superb. Simple and yet hugely effective. Each scene has been thought about in every detail and the transitions between scenes are seamless. The lighting, by Bretta Gerecke, was just phononeminal. George Milton, played by Richard Knightley, was the typical strong character, tough on the outside but he quickly shows his more vulnerable side when caring for Lennie and allowing himself to believe in his fictional dream of living off the land. Matthew Wynn’s portrayal of Lennie Small is faultless. It is evident that a lot of research has been undertaken to make sure that Lennie’s disability is realistic and whilst being obvious is not over the top. The entire cast are brilliant storytellers. All of the cast remained in character throughout and each had their individual quirks adding to the realism of the show. - **** Musical Manda

The set focuses on the inside of an enormous timber barn, which is lit beautifully to reflect the shifting hours in the story.  Smaller spaces are skillfully designed within this frame and all transformations are mastered with a welcome change of pace using both movement and music. The overall relaxed pace allows time and space for the growth of each multi-layered character.  Richard Keightley highlights George’s development as the play progresses and ultimately earns the audience’s sympathy through both his fierce protection of and gentle loyalty to his misfit friend.  Matthew Wynn as Lennie is gentle and convincingly slow to react. This is a thought-provoking and moving production, perfect for those who know the story of old and those who are exploring it for the first time. **** Victoria Bawtree, The Reviews Hub

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