Previewed 16 May 2013, Opened 22 May 2013, Closed 15 June 2013 at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park
Previewed 28 August 2014, Opened 30 August 2014, Closed on 13 September 2014 at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park
Opened 24 June 2015, Closed 25 July 2015 at the Barbican Theatre
The return of Timothy Sheader's acclaimed Open Air Theatre's revival of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird in London for a strictly limited run of just 38 performances at the indoor Barbican Theatre from 24 June to 25 July 2015.
Originally presented at the Open Air Theatre in London's Regent's Park during the 2013 Summer Season, this acclaimed production returned to the Open Air Theatre in 2014 for a two week season prior to a major UK regional tour which will finish with these performances at the indoor Barbican Theatre at the Barbican Centre located in the City of London.
"Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember mockingbirds just make music; they donít do one thing but sing their hearts out. Thatís why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird." Set in the American Deep South, Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel sees racial injustice envelop a small-town community. Through courage and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth, and his daughter, Scout - a young girl on the cusp of adulthood - brings new hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil. This production is directed by Timothy Sheader with movement by Naomi Said, designs by Jon Bausor, lighting by Oliver Fenwick, sound by Ian Dickinson and music by Phil King.
When this production was originally seen at the Open Air Theatre in 2013 Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph highlighted that in "this superb adaptation of Harper Lee's great book... there are many moments when the depth of emotion becomes overwhelming, as you find yourself swept along by the power of this account of young children growing up in the American South amid virulent racial prejudice," adding that this is "a production of tremendous heart and emotional depth." In the Times Libby Purves praised it as being a "heart-shakingly sincere production" and Lyn Gardner in the Guardian wrote that "if one measure of a stage adaptation's success is that it sends you scurrying back to read the original novel, then this production scores highly." Julie Carpenter in the Daily Express described how "some productions have the power effortlessly to win you over and this enchanting, heartfelt adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel is one," highlighting that this is "as moving and magical a portrait of corrupted childhood innocence as you could hope."
"You don't need elaborate sets to evoke highly specific locations. In Jon Bausorís splendid design for Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning story, roughly drawn lines on the ground and a tree suffice to map out the rigidly defined world of six-year-old Scout and her older brother Jem as they struggle to get to grips with the incomprehensible adult codes of the 1930s Deep South. Despite its grim subject matter this classic coming-of-age tale is a crowd-pleasing choice to kick off Regentís Parkís new season. Timothy Sheaderís staging, which uses Christopher Sergelís vintage script, sees the role of the narrator (Scout as an adult) divided between the cast, who take turns to read passages from dog-eared copies of the novel. It's a neat device - this is a story for and about everyone." The London Metro
"Harper Lee's much-loved novel has been brilliantly adapted for the stage in a production of such verve and charm that a chilly night in Regent's Park magically conjured up the sultry heat of the Alabama summer of 1935. Various members of the cast take turns to narrate the story of a small town in the Deep South riven by tension after a black man is accused of raping a white girl... With beautiful musical interludes, dramatic court scenes and all the humanity of the novel brought to life, the audience were so enthralled they even forgot to be freezing." The Sunday Mirror
"Harper Lee's famous plea for tolerance is a much-loved book, illustrated by the battered copies held by the actors as they begin to describe what happened when young Scout discovered that justice does not always prevail, especially if the accused is a black man in 1930s Alabama. The intimacy of storytelling is hard to pull off in the open air, and the children's adventures have more in common with Enid Blyton than Lee's gothic story. But once the trial begins, the play gains momentum." The Sunday Times
This production was originally staged in London's Regent's Park at the Open Air Theatre when it previewed from 16 May 2013, opened on 22 May 2013 and closed on 15 June 2013, returning the following year when it previewed from 28 August 2014, opened on 30 August 2014 and closed on 13 September 2014.
To Kill A Mockingbird in London at the Barbican Theatre opened on 24 June 2015 and closed on 25 July 2014.