Of Mice and Men at the Opera House, Manchester

A powerful story about friendship and holding on to your dreams.

Set in the trying times of the Great Depression, Of Mice And Men is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship and what it means to be human.

This landmark play by the Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck is the story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch.

Still relevant to modern times, this is a moving story about trying to hold on to your dreams and friendships during difficult times.

From the producers of Avenue Q, The Crucible, American Idiot and Flashdance comes this American classic for all time.

Lindsay Harris and her daughter, Neve, went to review Of Mice and Men for us on Monday 9th April 2018 at the Opera House, Manchester. This is what they had to say about this classic drama in Manchester…

Mum’s Review…

Like, I suspect, a fair portion of the audience, I had studied Of Mice and Men at school but it was a few years ago now and I couldn’t fully remember  the story so I was looking forward to seeing the stage show.

As we entered the auditorium we were greeted with a set resembling the inside of a barn, dry ice and appropriate music so we were fully immersed in the story as George and Lennie appeared on stage.

Mathew Wynn played Lennie and he captured all the innocence of the character, he played him with such a sweetness that I knew I’d find myself emotional at the end, he was funny, loveable and childlike and was definitely the star of the show for me.  The relationship between Lennie and George which is what the play centres around was well portrayed by Wynn and Richard Keightley’s George.

Keightley managed to show the complicated relationship that George had with Lennie he genuinely cared for him and looked after him like a child but found it stressful. The torment that he went through in the tragic scene where he had to decide how best to help Lennie after  he gets in trouble again was evident and we all felt his pain. I’m trying not to give away the storyline just in case you haven’t read it!

The sad tale plays out mostly around the ranch where Lennie and George were working to raise the money to live their dreams and the other characters on the ranch did a great job of bringing the hardship of the times to life.

This emotional journey of the Steinbeck book is well worth a watch.  I felt it was a little slow in parts but on the whole it was a good production and worth going to see while it’s in Manchester.

Score 6/10 ***

Lindsay Harris (Mum) Trusted Reviewer from Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Daughter’s Review…

Of Mice and Men was an interesting, enjoyable show with Mathew Wynn playing Lennie, an innocent character with a young mind. I have never read the book so did not know the story but found it easy to follow.

It was very emotional as you could see what a good relationship Lennie and George had. George looked after Lennie even though sometimes he was angry or teased him you could tell that he really cared for him. He did what he thought was the best thing for George even though it seemed horrible.

There were a few very sad parts in the play and I felt like in parts it was a bit dragged out but I think anyone of my age (13) or over would enjoy it if they like this kind of drama.

Score 6/10 ***

Neve Harris (Daughter) Trusted Reviewer from Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Mother’s Score – 6/10
Daughter’s Score – 6/10

Total Score – 12/20 ***


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s