“TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” TO OPEN IN THE WEST END IN 2020
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FOR RELEASE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019
“TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”
A NEW PLAY BY AARON SORKIN
DIRECTED BY BARTLETT SHER
WILL PREMIERE IN THE WEST END
AT LONDON’S GIELGUD THEATRE
IN MAY 2020
New York, NY (October 31, 2019) – Producers Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and Sonia Friedman Productions announced today that To Kill a Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin’s new play based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, directed by Bartlett Sher, will open at London’s Gielgud Theatre in May 2020.
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Celebrating one year on Broadway this week, To Kill a Mockingbird has not played to an empty seat and holds the benchmark of having become the most successful American play in Broadway history.
To Kill a Mockingbird will launch its coast-to-coast National Tour in August 2020 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in the heart of the nation’s capital. Starring Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch, the tour will be on the road for over two years, playing dozens of cities across America.
To Kill a Mockingbird holds the title of the highest grossing American play in Broadway history. The play has once again shattered its own box office record for the ninth time with the now record-breaking gross of $2,244,415.34 (w/e 10/13/19). Cumulative gross sales to date stand at more than $84 million and To Kill a Mockingbird has recouped its entire investment a mere 19 weeks after opening to critical acclaim on December 13, 2018. Since performances began on Thursday, November 1, 2018, To Kill a Mockingbird has not played to an empty seat, with capacity being at 100% or greater for every performance.
Beginning November 5, 2019, starring in the critically-acclaimed Broadway production are two-time Golden Globe Award winner and four-time Academy Award nominee Ed Harris as Atticus Finch, Nick Robinson as Jem Finch, Eliza Scanlen as Mayella Ewell, Kyle Scatliffe as Tom Robinson, LisaGay Hamilton as Calpurnia, Nina Grollman as Scout Finch, Taylor Trensch as Dill Harris, Manoel Felciano as Horace Gilmer, Russell Harvard as Link Deas and Boo Radley, M. Emmet Walsh as Judge Taylor, Patricia Conolly as Mrs. Dubose, Christopher Innvar as Sheriff Heck Tate, William Youmans as Mr. Roscoe and Dr. Reynolds, and ensemble members Rosalyn Coleman, Gene Gillette, Luke Smith, and Yaegel T. Welch. Original cast members Neal Huff and Ted Koch will be taking on the roles of Bob Ewell and Mr. Cunningham, respectively. Liv Rooth is reprising her role as Ms. Stephanie, and Rebecca Watson, Aubie Merrylees, David Manis, Baize Buzan, Steven Lee Johnson, and Geoffrey Allen Murphy will again be part of the production’s ensemble.
Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence has sold 45 million copies worldwide. 2020 will mark the 60th anniversary of its publication.
Set in Alabama in 1934, To Kill a Mockingbird centres on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. The cast of characters includes Atticus’s daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker Calpurnia, their visiting friend Dill, a mysterious neighbour the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley, and the other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama.
Aaron Sorkin (Playwright) is a celebrated writer, producer and director known for his multi-award-winning work across stage and screen. Sorkin is probably best known as the creator and screenwriter of the Emmy Award-winning hit television series “The West Wing” and films such as Steve Jobs and The Social Network for which he received an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Writer’s Guild Award for best screenplay. He is the writer-creator of “The Newsroom” and the Academy Award-winning 1992 film A Few Good Men, which he adapted from his 1989 Broadway play. His other credits as a playwright include Making Movies and The Farnsworth Invention.
Bartlett Sher (Director) is the multi-award-winning Director of the Lincoln Center Theater in New York, a post he has held for over a decade. His critically acclaimed stage productions include the Tony Award-winning South Pacific and Oslo, My Fair Lady and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He has also worked extensively in opera, staging productions at English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera and New York City Opera.
To Kill a Mockingbird is designed by Miriam Buether, with costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, sound by Scott Lehrer and an original score by Adam Guettel.
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