Review by Paul Nelson
THERE is very little I can add to my colleagues review
of the play Of Mice and Men (q.v.), which is now
enjoying a run at the Savoy having moved into town from
Colleague, David Munro, who knows more than do I about television,
has come across Matthew Kelly before. I, with no television set,
I can do no more than echo his sentiments about the talent of
Mr Kelly. His performance as Lennie is superb.
However, I do have to say Mr Kelly is not alone. There is George
Costigan, who brings to real life the character of his namesake
and there is Joanna Moseley who is both fetching and touching.
The remaining members of the cast are also throwing their coats
into the ring and proving they are more than worthwhile.
I may also say the director, Jonathan Church, deserves to be
elevated to heights he has yet to dream of, and the designer,
Simon Higlett, likewise.
If you see nothing else between now and Christmas, you must make
sure you see this play.
Along with Edward Halls A Midsummer Nights Dream
at The Comedy, and After
Mrs Rochester, recently closed at the Duke of Yorks,
the glow of the West Ends theatre lights gives one heart
that there is more to the theatre than the mindless spurious tributes
to pop stars and groups, grinding out the by now dreary output
of their subjects.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Directed by Jonathan Church,
Designer Simon Higlett, Lighting Tim Mitchell, Composer John Tims,
Fight Director Terry King. WITH: George Costigan (George), Matthew
Kelly (Lennie), David Sterne (Candy), Nick Stringer (Boss), John
Flitcroft (Curley), Joanne Moseley (Curleys Wife), Julian
Protheroe (Slim), Neil Philips (Carlson), Tom Silburn (Whit),
Tyrone Huggins (Crooks), Andy Chaplin (Ranch Hand), Philip Bulcock
(Ranch Hand). Jenny King and Matthew Gale present The Birmingham
Repertory Production at the Savoy Theatre, The Strand, London