To Kill a Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre: Guide to the Broadway transfer in London
Following its record-breaking Broadway opening, To Kill A Mockingbird transfers to the Gielgud Theatre in May 2020. Rhys Ifans will play the beloved defense lawyer Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic. Find out more about the upcoming production including the storyline, performance dates and the cast and book your To Kill A Mockingbird tickets now.
To Kill a Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre
What happens in To Kill A Mockingbird?
Set in the small fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, To Kill A Mockingbird tells the story of Atticus Finch, a defense lawyer who represents a black man named Tom Robinson in court who is on trial after alleged rape charges. While defending the accused, the trial’s events unfold through the eyes of Scout, Atticus’ daughter, with To Kill A Mockingbird told in Scout’s point of view. Harper Lee’s text explores the prevalence of prejudice and behavioral assumptions, capturing the innocence of young minds and the racial bias existing in an ever-changing American society.
Who is starring in To Kill A Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre?
The role of Atticus Finch will be played by Rhys Ifans. Recently appearing in On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court, his theatre credits include playing Ebenezer Scrooge in the original production of Jack Thorne’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol and the Fool in King Lear both at the Old Vic, Exit The King at the National Theatre and Don Juan in Soho.
Further casting for To Kill a Mockingbird is to be announced.
Who is Aaron Sorkin?
Aaron Sorkin is a multi-award-winning American screenwriter, director and producer, whose adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird marks his latest Broadway playwriting credit; previously writing A Few Good Men, The Farnsworth Invention and Making Movies. Away from the stage, Sorkin is the creator of hit television series The West Wing and the creator and screenwriter of the 2010 film The Social Network, detailing the rise of Facebook and its subsequent lawsuits.
What did critics say about To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway?
“(Aaron) Sorkin and director Bartlett Sher stage (To Kill a Mockingbird) primarily as a scorching courtroom drama, folding it seamlessly with scenes from Finch’s home life as his two worlds collide. Two live musicians, seated on either side of designer Miriam Buether’s atmospherically detailed stage, play Adam Guettel’s alternately folksy and ominous score, to underscore and frame the action.”
New York Theatre Guide
“The emotionally shattering To Kill a Mockingbird reminds us that the fight against racism is blisteringly relevant. (Aaron) Sorkin sets a new gold standard for adapting one generation’s cry from the heart to another’s. The result is unmissable and unforgettable.”
“This adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” — written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Bartlett Sher and starring Jeff Daniels — is hardly innocent. It is gorgeously atmospheric, from the weathered barn-red siding that serves as the show curtain to Adam Guettel’s mournful guitar and pump organ music, which sounds like hymns decomposing before your ear.”
New York Times
“Against all odds, writer Aaron Sorkin and director Bartlett Sher have succeeded in crafting a stage-worthy adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic American novel. There’s humour of a bitter kind in Sorkin’s script.”
“Does To Kill a Mockingbird require renovation? No and yes. A literary classic, it’s a distinctly American story and it is a story that America likes to tell about itself. Still the play insists, often vigorously, in the inherent soundness of the democratic process and the American experiment.”
“To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the greatest books in the English language. Sorkin’s vigorous version, arriving at a time when the US is at its most ethnically divided in decades, fully demonstrates why it is still a necessary work.”
Fun facts about To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird was nominated for nine Tony Awards, with Celia Keenan-Bolger winning a Tony for best actress in a play for her performance as Scout in the Broadway production.
Harper Lee’s text has been translated into over 40 languages.
To Kill A Mockingbird won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
To Kill A Mockingbird was once ranked as the most important book to read in a survey of librarians, beating the Bible and the Lord of the Rings trilogy!
Where is To Kill a Mockingbird being performed in the West End?
To Kill a Mockingbird is at the Gielgud Theatre. The Gielgud Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue (W1D 6AR). The nearest train station is Charing Cross, which is a 10-15 minute walk away from the theatre. Underground services are available at Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines), with Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road tube stations nearby.