A starry, powerful production! The cast is excellent!
— USA Today
A thrilling evening in the theatre!
James Franco and Chris O’Dowd are excellent!
— Time Out New York
A brilliant revival! Flawless, beautifully acted and emotionally devastating. Chris O’Dowd is astonishing and heartbreaking. The multi-talented James Franco gives a performance that’s equally honest and beautifully crafted. There’s no way to overpraise this ensemble in this ensemble who bring Steinbeck’s characters to life, including the truly memorable Leighton Meester. The other star of the show is director Anna D. Shapiro, who turns in an impeccably mounted production without a single blemish. The acting is flawless. The design work is breath-taking.
— Variety
A powerhouse revival! James Frano and Chris O’Dowd shine.
— Newsday
Don’t miss this superb, shattering work of art. Every role is cast with the proper grit and texture. O’Dowd and Franco claim the glory - it’s amazing work. Jim Norton has an almost biblical resonance.
— Toronto Star

James Franco and Chris O'Dowd

  • First Preview: March 19, 2014
  • Opening Date: April 16, 2014
  • Closing Date: July 27, 2014


The hit Broadway production of Of Mice and Men may have closed, but James Franco and Chris O’Dowd playing iconic ranchhands George and Lennie will live on forever, as National Theatre Live has announced plans to film and internationally broadcast the Anna D. Shapiro-directed revival.

Of Mice and Men—which also stars Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester, True Blood alum Jim Parrack, and stage veteran Jim Norton—will be the first Broadway show filmed by the company. Screening dates will be announced later this year.

National Theatre Live’s M.O. is to film productions—typically the starrier, more memorable ones based in the UK—and screen them in cinemas and on digital platforms. The company began in June 2009, broadcasting Helen Mirren’s Phedre, and has since preserved War Horse, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller in Frankenstein, and Tom Hiddleston’s Coriolanus, among dozens of others.

Of Mice and Men opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on April 16, 2014, and became the first production of the spring to recoup its full investment after twelve weeks.