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To Kill A Mockingbird comes to the West End next year

Rhys Ifans will take on the iconic role of Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin's heralded adaptation.

Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, is set to open in London’s West End next year.

The production will preview at the Gielgud Theatre from Thursday 21 May 2020, with opening night scheduled for Thursday 11 June 2020.

Rhys Ifans will take on the lead role of Atticus Finch in the forthcoming production, which is directed by Bartlett Sher.

Ifans has just completed a run playing John Daniel in the Royal Court Theatre production of On Bear Ridge. The actor also recently played the title role in Eugen Ionesco’s Exit The King at the National Theatre and caused a sensation in the one-man show Protect Song, which also showed at the National.

Rhys’ extensive filmography includes appearances in Official Secrets, Snowden, Shekhar, Nanny McPhee, Harry Potter, The Amazing Spider-Man, Enduring Love and Richard Curtis’ timeless rom-com Notting Hill. 

Harper Lee’s enduring story of injustice – which centres on one of the most venerated characters of all time, small-town lawyer Atticus Finch – has been adapted to the stage by celebrated writer Aaron Sorkin.

The Award-winning writer is probably best known for his work as the creator of the hit TV Series The West Wing, as well as writing the screenplays for films such Steve Jobs, A Few Good Men and The Social Network.

Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird first opened on Broadway in December 2018, quickly becoming one of the most successful American plays in the history of New York’s famous theatre district having not played to a single empty seat during its run.

Starring Jeff Daniels in the lead role, the Broadway production received a staggering nine nominations at June’s Tony Awards.

The forthcoming London production of To Kill A Mockingbird is designed by Mirian Buether, costumes are by Ann Roth, lighting by Jennifer Topton, sound is by Scott Lehrer and the play features an original score by Adam Guettel.

Further casting will be announced soon.

To Kill A Mockingbird previews at London’s Gielgud Theatre from Thursday 21 May 2020, before opening on Thursday 11 June 2020.

Tickets to see To Kill A Mockingbird will be available from 10:00 on Thursday 5 December 2019 through Ticketmaster.co.uk

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