London's National Theatre Live to Screen Broadway's 'Of Mice and Men'

Richard Phibbs
"Of Mice and Men"

The James Franco-Chris O'Dowd-starrer is the series' first-ever Broadway production.

Of Mice and Men is headed across the pond.

The revival of John Steinbeck's 1937 classic tale of friendship and failed dreams, which stars James FrancoChris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, will be filmed by London's National Theatre Live — the series' first-ever Broadway production. Screening dates will be announced shortly.

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Directed by Tony Award-winner Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men was the first Broadway entry of the spring to recoup its full capitalization, going into profit after only 12 weeks. The production, which earned a Tony nomination for O'Dowd in his Broadway debut, will play through July 27 at the Longacre Theatre.

"We are thrilled to be working with David Binder and his Of Mice and Men team, and to include this great production of an American classic in our National Theatre Live program,” says David Sabel, the National Theatre's director of broadcast and digital, in a statement. "These broadcasts have enabled millions more people around the world to see great theatre from the U.K. and now the U.S."

"We are humbled that Of Mice and Men will be the first Broadway show National Theatre Live will be adding to their prestigious series of over 40 U.K. productions," says producer Binder. "I can’t think of a greater honor that could be bestowed on this production of Steinbeck’s masterwork than to have an opportunity for millions of theatre lovers around the world to see our production under the auspices of National Theatre Live."

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Now celebrating its fifth year, National Theatre Live's recent broadcasts have included the award-winning original West End production of War Horse, NT’s 50th anniversary celebration Live from the National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage; Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle; Rory Kinnear in Shakespeare's Hamlet; Adrian Lester and Kinnear in Shakespeare's Othello; and productions from outside the National Theatre, including Shakespeare’s Macbeth with Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston from the Manchester International Festival, Tom Hiddleston in the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus and the record-breaking West End production of The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as the Queen.

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