This week sees the return of Tuesdays with Morrie after a successful run in the Lyric last summer. Tuesdays with Morrie is the second of three theatre adaptations of international best selling novels at the Lyric this season. The first was A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and the final adaptation will be How Many Miles to Babylon in April.
The autobiographical story by Mitch Albom is a poignant story of the journalist’s meetings with an old college professor 16 years after finishing college. The professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as Motor Neurone disease. Mitch had a great connection with the professor during his college years, and although he promised to keep in touch, life just took over.
Mitch found out that his old ‘coach’ had Lou Gehrig’s disease and made what he thought would be one final farewell visit to Morrie. Mitch never planned on meeting up with the professor after that visit, but again life took over and the special connection between them led to Mitch having a last class in the meaning of life.
It’s a beautiful and touching story of a great friendship which brought laughter and tears to a lot of the audience.
Check out some quotes from other reviewers and make that phonecall to get tickets for this short run at the Lyric.
‘Andrew Murray plays Albom with absolute conviction ranging through the emotions of irritation, guilt and sadness. And Terry Byrne is almost startlingly excellent, utterly believable, physically controlled to perfection.’ -Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent
“funny and poignant.” – Michael Moffatt, Mail on Sunday
“A tender and touching production graced by two fine actors” – Evening Echo
“This is a play that might – incredibly, just might – change your life.” – John Simon, New York Magazine
“Unforgettable! No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more shattering, more humorous.” – New York Magazine
“Making the language of the book crisper, cleverer and more palatable…aphoristic wisdom, expressed with gallows wit.” – The New York Times
“A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor.” – New York Daily News
Tuesdays with Morrie runs until Saturday 30th March at the Lyric Theatre.
Tickets available at www.lyrictheatre.co.uk or 02890381081