To Kill A Mockingbird

Gielgud Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue, London

From May 2020
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To Kill A Mockingbird

The acclaimed New York Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin's new play based on Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird in London

"Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember mockingbirds just make music; they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out. That's 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.

Casting to be announced. Directed by Bartlett Sher.

Aaron Sorkin's West End theatre credits include the stage play A Few Good Men, starring Rob Lowe, at the Haymarket Theatre in 2005.

Bartlett Sher's London theatre directing credits include the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe, at the London Palldium in 2018; J.T. Rogers' play Oslo, featuring Toby Stephens, at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre and transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2017; and David Yazbek's musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, featuring Tamsin Greig and Haydn Gwynne, at the Playhouse Theatre in 2015.


Christopher Sergel version - London 2013, 2014 and 2015

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 cast at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2013 season featured Robert Sean Leonard as 'Atticus Finch' with Michele Austin as 'Calpurnia', Richie Campbell as 'Tom Robinson', Christopher Ettridge as 'Mr Walter Cunningham' / 'Judge Taylor', Tom Godwin as 'Nathan Radley' / 'Mr Gilmer', Simon Gregor as 'Bob Ewell', Stephen Kennedy as 'Heck Tate', Phil King as 'Link Deas', Hattie Ladbury as 'Maudie Atkinson', Julie Legrand as 'Stephanie Crawford' / 'Mrs Dubose', Rona Morrison as 'Mayella Ewell', Joe Speare as 'Reverend Sykes', and Daniel Tuite as 'Boo Radley'. The role of 'Scout Finch' was shared between Lucy Hutchinson, Izzy Lee, and Eleanor Worthington-Cox. The role of 'Jem Finch' was shared between Gus Barry, Callum Henderson, and Adam Scotland. The role of 'Dill Harris' was shared between Harry Bennett, Sebastian Clifford, and Ewan Harris.

The cast at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2014 season featured Daniel Betts as 'Atticus Finch' with Christopher Akrill as 'Boo Radley', Geoff Aymer as 'Reverend Sykes', Victoria Bewick as 'Mayella Ewell', David Carlyle as 'Nathan Radley' / 'Mr Gilmer', Natalie Grady as 'Maudie Atkinson', Jamie Kenna as 'Heck Tate', Phil King as 'Link Deas', Susan Lawson-Reynolds as 'Calpurnia', Zackary Momoh as 'Tom Robinson', Ryan Pope as 'Bob Ewell', Christopher Saul as 'Walter Cunningham' / 'Judge Taylor', and Connie Walker as 'Mrs Dubose' / 'Stephanie Crawford'. The role of 'Scout Finch' was shared between Jemima Bennett, Rosie Boore, and Ava Potter. The role of 'Jem Finch' was shared between Harry Bennett, Arthur Franks, and Billy Price. The role of 'Dill Harris' was shared between Connor Brundish, Leo Heller, and Milo Panni.

The cast at the Barbican Theatre 2015 featured Robert Sean Leonard as 'Atticus Finch' with Christopher Akrill as 'Boo Radley', Geoff Aymer as 'Reverend Sykes', Victoria Bewick as 'Mayella Ewell', David Carlyle as 'Nathan Radley' / 'Mr Gilmer', Natalie Grady as 'Maudie Atkinson', Jamie Kenna as 'Heck Tate', Phil King as 'Link Deas', Susan Lawson-Reynolds as 'Calpurnia', Zackary Momoh as 'Tom Robinson', Ryan Pope as 'Bob Ewell', Christopher Saul as 'Walter Cunningham' / 'Judge Taylor', and Connie Walker as 'Stephanie Crawford' / 'Mrs Dubose'. The role of 'Scout Finch' was shared between Jemima Bennett, Rosie Boore, and Ava Potter. The role of 'Jem Finch' was shared between Harry Bennett, Tommy Rodger, and Billy Price. The role of 'Dill Harris' was shared between Connor Brundish, Leo Heller, and Milo Panni.

Directed by Timothy Sheader with movement by Naomi Said, designs by Jon Bausor, lighting by Oliver Fenwick, music by Phil King, and sound by Ian Dickinson.

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 Bausor's 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 Regent's Park's new season. Timothy Sheader's staging, which uses Christopher Sergel's 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

To Kill A Mockingbird in London at the Barbican Theatre opened on 24 June 2015 and closed on 25 July 2014.