FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE WEST END PREMIÈRE OF HARPER LEE’S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
PRESS RELEASE • 7 January 2022
FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE WEST END PREMIÈRE OF
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
A NEW PLAY BY AARON SORKIN
DIRECTED BY BARTLETT SHER
PERFORMANCES BEGIN 10 MARCH 2022
AT THE GIELGUD THEATRE, LONDON
Barry Diller and Sonia Friedman today announce the full cast for the West End production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Joining the previously announced Rafe Spall (Atticus Finch) are Harry Attwell (Mr Cunningham/Boo Radley), Amanda Boxer (Mrs Henry Dubose), Poppy Lee Friar (Mayella Ewell), John Hastings (Bailiff), Simon Hepworth (Mr Roscoe/Dr Reynolds), Laura Howard (Miss Stephanie/Dill’s Mother), Lloyd Hutchinson (Link Deas), Gwyneth Keyworth (Scout Finch), Tom Mannion (Sheriff Heck Tate), David Moorst (Dill Harris), Pamela Nomvete (Calpurnia), Jim Norton (Judge Taylor), Patrick O’Kane (Bob Ewell), Jude Owusu (Tom Robinson), Harry Redding (Jem Finch), David Sturzaker (Horace Gilmer) and Natasha Williams (Mrs Dubose’s Maid), with Helen Belbin, Laurence Belcher, Paul Birchard, Ryan Ellsworth, Rebecca Hayes, Danny Hetherington, Matthew Jure, Anna Munden and Itoya Osagiede making up the ensemble.
The production will open at the Gielgud Theatre on 31 March 2022, with previews from 10 March. This new play by Aaron Sorkin isbased on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and directed by Bartlett Sher.
Joining Sher and the original Broadway creative team - Miriam Buether (Set), Ann Roth (Costume), Jennifer Tipton (Lighting), Scott Lehrer (Sound), Adam Guettel (Original Score), Kimberly Grigsby (Music Supervision) and Campbell Young Associates (Hair & Wigs) - are Serena Hill as Casting Director, Hazel Holder as Voice & Dialect Coach, Titas Halder as Associate Director, Rasheka Christie-Carter as Assistant Director, Tavia Rivée Jefferson as Cultural Coordinator, and Candida Caldicot as Musical Director.
Set in Maycomb, Alabama in 1934, To Kill a Mockingbird has provided American literature with some of its most indelible characters: lawyer Atticus Finch, the tragically wronged Tom Robinson, Atticus’ daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker Calpurnia and the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley. For the past six decades and for every generation, this story, its characters and portrait of small-town America have helped to, and continue to, inspire conversation and change.
Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence has sold more than 45 million copies of the novel worldwide. 2020 marked the 60th anniversary of its publication.
Before the Broadway shutdown in March 2020, To Kill a Mockingbird continuously played to standing-room-only houses. Since performances began on Thursday 1 November 2018, the production has not played to an empty seat, with capacity remaining over 100% for every performance. On February 26, 2020, the cast of To Kill a Mockingbird gave a history-making performance of the play at Madison Square Garden, for 18,000 New York City school children. This was the largest single performance of a theatrical work in the history of world theater. In 2019, to culminate National “Theatre in Our Schools” month, Aaron Sorkin, Bartlett Sher, and members of the Broadway cast took the play to Washington, D.C. for an unprecedented special presentation at the Library of Congress, in partnership with the Educational Theatre Association.
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Harry Attwell plays Mr Cunningham/Boo Radley. His theatre credits include The Great Murder Mystery (The Lost Estate), Artists Talk (The Yard Theatre), Frankenstein, Twelfth Night, The Skriker, Orpheus Descending (Royal Exchange Theatre), A Tale of Two Cities (Royal & Derngate and tour), The Crucible, The Duchess of Malfi (The Old Vic), Henry V (Michael Grandage Company), and for the Donmar Warehouse, Richard II, King Lear (also UK tour and BAM), Hamlet (also Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway), Hamlet and Twelfth Night (Donmar West End at Wyndham’s Theatre). For television, his credits include On Order and Away, The Night Manager, Da Vinci’s Demons, Mayday, The Identity; and for film Wakefield, Text for You, Intervention, Breathe, Genius and Maleficent.
Amanda Boxer plays Mrs Henry Dubose. Her theatre credits include Boots (Bunker Theatre), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida Theatre), The Blue Hour of Natalie Barney. The Painter, Macbeth (Arcola Theatre), Mosquitoes (National Theatre), Blue Heart (Bristol Tobacco Factory/Orange Tree Theatre), Speed Twins (Riverside Studios), Relative Values (Harold Pinter Theatre), Medea (Almeida Theatre), Uncle Vanya (St James Theatre), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Vaudeville Theatre), The Sea Plays (Old Vic Tunnels), The House of Bernarda Alba, The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre), A Touch of the Poet (Young Vic/Comedy Theatre), The Destiny of Me, Many Roads to Paradise (Finborough Theatre), The Arab Israeli Cookbook (Gate Theatre/Tricycle Theatre), and The Pain and the Itch, The Strip (Royal Court Theatre). For television, her work includes Silent Witness, Bodies, The Shell Seekers, Trial and Retribution, Chalk, Road Rage, Goodbye My Love and Cider with Rosie; and for film, Malice In Wonderland, Russian Dolls, Saving Private Ryan, Together, The Things I Do For You and Bad Behaviour.
Poppy Lee Friar plays Mayella Ewell. Her theatre work includes Macbeth (Gielgud Theatre). For television, her work includes My Name is Leon, In My Skin (as series regular Lydia), Torvill and Dean, Ackley Bridge (as series regular Missy Booth – 2018 Royal Television Society Award for Best Actress), Mr Selfridge, The Syndicate, Eve (as series lead Eve); and for film, My Cousin Rachel.
John Hastings plays Bailiff. His theatre work includes Corpse! (Park Theatre), Season’s Greetings (Manor Pavilion Theatre), Small Island, Angels in America, The Beaux’ Stratagem, King Lear (National Theatre), King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre), Frozen (Theatre Royal Haymarket), King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Homecoming (Harold Pinter Theatre). For film, his work includes Hot Property and Love Me Do. For radio, his credits include The Corrupted.
Simon Hepworth plays Mr Roscoe/Dr Reynolds. His theatre credits include La Cage aux Folles, Mother Of Him (Park Theatre), Absolute Hell (National Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Lion in Winter (Theatre Royal Haymarket), King Lear (Guildford Shakespeare Company), Joe & I (King’s Head Theatre), The Rivals (Compass Theatre Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth (Arundel Festival and tour), Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic), The Winter’s Tale, The Glass Menagerie, The Deep Blue Sea (Royal & Derngate), Bang Bang (After Feydeau), Romeo and Juliet, Burn This, Tartuffe, My Cousin Rachel (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Mario and the Magician (Almeida Theatre), Party Trap (Shoreditch Town Hall), Agatha Christie Theatre Festival 2001 (Palace, Westcliff) and The Best Man, The Hollow (UK tours). His television work includes This Sceptred Isle, Endeavour, Fearless, Foyle’s War, Law and Order UK, Trial and Retribution, Wire in the Blood, Inspector Morse - The Remorseful Day, Wallis & Edward, Bliss, Bodyguards, Departures, EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Ruth Rendell’s Thornapple and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles; and for film, Walking With The Enemy, Under Her Skin, Sink, Love’s Kitchen, 47 Cleveland, The Holly Kane Experiment, Tezz and The Walker. He appeared as The Politician in the music video for BΔSTILLE’s Fake It (Universal Music).
Laura Howard plays Miss Stephanie/Dill’s Mother. Her theatre credits Include Genesis Inc (Hampstead Theatre), Always Orange, Fall of the Kingdom Rise of the Foot Soldier (RSC), Crushed Shells and Mud (Southwark Playhouse), Invincible (Orange Tree Theatre/St. James Theatre), Lost in Yonkers (Watford Palace Theatre), The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse), Life of Riley, Communicating Doors (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Two Women (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Look Back in Anger (Northern Stage), The Blue Room (Anvil Arts), Switzerland (HighTide), Dracula (Centerline/English Touring Consortium), The Hotel in Amsterdam (Donmar Warehouse), Emma (Good Company), Arcadia (Chichester Festival Theatre), and The Master Builder, The Taming of the Shrew (English Touring Theatre). For television, her work includes Funny Girl, Call the Midwife, Cuffs, The Delivery Man, Young Dracula (as series regular Sally Giles), Midsomer Murders (as series regular Cully Barnaby), Cold Enough for Snow, Soldier Soldier (as series regular Deborah Briggs), Eskimo Day and Covington Cross; and for film, Invincible.
Lloyd Hutchinson plays Link Deas. His theatre credits include A Very Expensive Poison, A Flea in Her Ear (The Old Vic), Light Falls, The Taming of the Shrew (Manchester Royal Exchange), King Lear, Stones in his Pockets, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Duke of York’s Theatre), The Seagull, The Birthday Party (Lyric Hammersmith), Absolute Hell, Salome, Plough and Stars, Husbands and Sons, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Collaborators, The Observer, Once in a Lifetime, The Night Season, The Permanent Way (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Respectable Wedding (Young Vic), The Joke (Fuel Theatre), A View From The Bridge (Liverpool Playhouse), Little Revolution, Measure for Measure, The Lightening Play (Almeida Theatre), Particle of Dead (The Playhouse Derry/Signature Theatre, New York), Boris Godunov, The Orphan of Zhao, Troilus and Cressida, A Month in the Country, Travesties (RSC), Life is a Dream, Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse), Rhinoceros, Talking to Terrorists (Royal Court Theatre), One for the Road (New Ambassador’s Theatre), and Shopping and F*cking (international tour). For television, his work includes MotherFatherSon, Manhunt, Catastrophe, White Gold, Silent Witness, Utopia, Hatfields & McCoys, Hustle, Titanic, The Fades, Silk, Pulling Moves, Murphy’s Law, Lloyd & Hill, Rebel Heart, and In Defence; and for film, The Little Stranger, Florence Foster Jenkins, Anonymous, Mrs Henderson Presents, Gadiatress, Boxed and With or Without You.
Gwyneth Keyworth plays Scout Finch. Her theatre work includes Raising Martha (Park Theatre), As You Like It, The Heresy of Love (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (Bristol Old Vic), Sick Room, and Tits/Teeth (Soho Theatre). For television, her work includes Alex Rider, Game of Thrones, The Trouble with Maggie Cole, The Crown, Defending the Guilty, Craith/Hidden, Black Mirror: Hang the DJ, Bang, Wasted, Power Monkeys, Dr Thorne, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, The Vodka Diaries, Case Histories, Joe Mistry, Misfits, The Sarah Jane Adventures Royal Wedding, and Framed; and for film, The Toll, Elfie Hopkins, and Closer to the Moon.
Tom Mannion plays Sheriff Tate. His theatre work includes Macbeth (National Theatre tour), Insignificance (Arcola Theatre), Hamlet (Trafalgar Studios and UK tour), The Autumn Garden (Jermyn Street Theatre), All My Sons (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), An Inspector Calls (UK tour), The Price (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Metamorphosis (Lyric Hammersmith), Hamlet (The Old Vic) and for the RSC, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing and The Duchess of Malfi. For television, his work includes Traces, The Crown, Bridgerton, The Victim, Fearless, Unforgotten, Lucky Man, Mr Selfridge, Inside Men, Identity, Lip Service, Spooks, Missing, Belle de Jour, John Adams, New Tricks and Life on Mars; and for film, Susu, Waterboys, Centurion, F, Beyond the Sea, Brothers, Iris and Beautiful Creatures.
David Moorst plays Dill Harris. His theatre credits include Light Falls, Into the Woods (Royal Exchange Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Allelujah! (Bridge Theatre), First Light (Chichester Festival Theatre), Shopping and F*cking (Lyric Hammersmith), Violence and Son - winner of the Emerging Talent Award, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2015 and the Most Promising Newcomer Award, Critics' Circle Awards 2016 (Royal Court Theatre) and Wonderland (Hampstead Theatre). His television work includes Killing Eve, 1944: Should We Bomb Auschwitz?, Grantchester and Partners in Crime; and for film, Peterloo and Waiting For The Barbarians.
Pamela Nomvete plays Calpurnia. Her theatre credits include The Doctor (Almeida Theatre), The Convert (Young Vic), Meet Me At Dawn (Market Theatre Johannesburg), They Drink it in the Congo (Almeida Theatre), Teddy Ferrara (Donmar Warehouse), Belong, Truth and Reconciliation, Now or Later (Royal Court Theatre), The Comedy of Errors, Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre), Archbishop and the Antichrist (Synergy), Twelfth Night (RSC – Duke of York’s Theatre) and Nothing But the Truth (Market Theatre Johannesburg). Her television credits include Flesh and Blood, Noughts and Crosses, Gangs of London, Avenue 5, Wild Bill, In the Long Run 2, Motherland, Lockdown, and The Widow; and for film, The Forgiven, Kingmakers, Sometimes in April, Zulu Love Letter, and The Special Relationship.
Jim Norton plays Judge Taylor. His theatre work includes The Seafarer (National Theatre - Olivier and Tony Award Winner), The Starry Messenger (Wyndham’s Theatre), Girl From the North County (The Old Vic), The Crucible (Walter Kerr Theatre), Of Mice and Men (Longacre Theatre), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Studio 54), Finian’s Rainbow (NYC Centre / St James Theatre), The Weir (Royal Court Theatre - Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actor, and Walter Kerr Theatre), Port Authority (Atlantic Theatre Company), Dublin Carol (Atlantic Theatre Company - Obie Award Winner), Hamlet (Barbican), The Night Alive (Donmar Warehouse and Atlantic Theatre Company), Port Authority (Ambassadors Theatre), The Contractor and The Changing Room (Royal Court Theatre), as well as working extensively at the National Theatre from 1975 to 1985 including Bedroom Farce, Tamburlaine The Great and Way Upstream. His television credits include Dalgleish, Madam Secretary, Elementary, Frasier, Poirot, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stan and River; and for film, Prisoners of The Moon, The Last Right, Mary Poppins Returns, Jimmy’s Hall, Water for Elephants, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Oyster Farmer, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Hidden Agenda, Memoirs of an Invisible Man and Straw Dogs.
Patrick O’Kane plays Bob Ewell. His theatre credits include Macbeth (National Theatre), Woyzeck in Winter (Landmark Productions - Best Actor Irish Times Theatre Awards), Red (Prime Cut / Lyric Theatre Belfast - Best Actor Irish Times Theatre Awards), Quietly (Abbey Theatre/ Public Theater/Irish Repertory/Soho Theatre/Traverse Theatre – Best Actor UK Theatre Awards), The Seven Acts of Mercy, Macbeth, (RSC), Antigone (Barbican/ Theatre de la Ville/BAM), Hamlet, Sixteen Possible Glimpses, Medea, The House, As The Beast Sleeps -Best Supporting Actor Irish Times Theatre Awards (Abbey Theatre), Julius Caesar, Doctor Faustus, Whistle In The Dark, Shoot The Crow (Royal Exchange Theatre), The Crucible (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Warhorse (National Theatre, West End), Popcorn (Nottingham/West Yorkshire Playhouses, West End), The Grapes of Wrath, Insignificance (Sheffield Theatres), The Postman Always Rings Twice (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Scenes From The Big Picture, Closing Time, Peer Gynt, Romeo and Juliet, The Playboy of The Western World (National Theatre), and Trust, The Strip (Royal Court Theatre), Sweet Bird of Youth, Edward II (Citizens Theatre). For television, his work includes Doctor Who, Come Home, DCI Banks, Vera, Jamaica Inn, Strike Back, The Borgias, New Tricks, The Fall, Game of Thrones, Five Days, IF…, Waking the Dead, Gunpowder Treason and Plot, As The Beast Sleeps, In Deep, Liverpool One, Cold Comfort and Ashes To Ashes; and for film, Limbo, Female Human Animal, The Last Jedi, Boat, The Music Room, Prometheus, Perkins 14, Exorcist – The Beginnings, Octane, Stealing Rembrandt and Though the Sky Falls.
Jude Owusu plays Tom Robinson. His theatre work includes The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Bartholomew Fair (Shakespeare’s Globe), Tamburlaine, I Cinna, Julius Caesar (RSC), The Cherry Orchard (Bristol Old Vic), A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Jeramee, Hartleby and Ooglemoore (Unicorn Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre), Othello (Malachite Theatre), Africker (Hoxton Hall), Wayne (Etcetera Theatre), and The Robbers (New Diorama Theatre). For television, his work includes The Dumping Ground, Father Brown and The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses – Richard III.
Harry Redding makes his professional stage debut playing Jem Finch. Whilst training at LAMDA, his theatre credits include Kin, The Tempest, and The Rivals.
Rafe Spall plays Atticus Finch. For theatre, Spall’s work includes Death of England, Hedda Gabler – Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Play (National Theatre), Betrayal (Broadway – directed by Mike Nichols), Constellations (Royal Court Theatre and West End – Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor), and John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse). His television credits include Trying, The Salisbury Poisonings, The War of the Worlds, and his international Emmy-nominated performance as Joe in Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror. For film, his work includes Academy Award-winning The Big Short, Steven Spielberg's The BFG, Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, Dan Mazer’s I Give it a Year, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Lone Scherfig’s One Day, and most recently Just Mercy, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Men in Black: International, and the forthcoming The English for BBC and Amazon.
David Sturzaker plays Horace Gilmer. His theatre credits include The Cutting Edge (Arcola Theatre), Creditors, Bloody Poetry (Jermyn Street Theatre), Tamburlaine, Timon of Athens, The White Devil (RSC), Frost/Nixon (Sheffield Theatres), Nell Gywnn (Apollo Theatre), Richard II, The Merchant of Venice, Titus Andronicus, Comedy of Errors, Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure and The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare’s Globe), Eternal Love, Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe/UK tour), Cool Hand Luke (Aldwych Theatre), Journey’s End (Playhouse Theatre), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester Festival Theatre/Duchess Theatre), A Doll’s House (Royal Exchange); Four Knights in Knaresborough (Southwark Playhouse), Kingdom of Earth (The Print Room), As You Like It (The Rose, Kingston), War and Peace (Shared Experience), Visiting Mr Green and Romeo and Juliet (UK Tour), Future Me (Theatre 503), Bash (Trafalgar Studios), Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing (Tour De Force); and for television, Endeavour, Father Brown, Da Vinci’s Demons, Medici, and as series regulars in Murder on the Home Front and Doctors. His radio credits include The Forsyte Saga, Last of the Volsungs, King Solomon’s Mines, Everybody’s got Conditions, Gudrun, Blood and Milk and Richard II.
Natasha Williams plays Mrs Dubose’s Maid. Her theatre work includes Malindadzimu (Hampstead Theatre), Off the Endz, Ambulance (Royal Court Theatre), Black Crows (Arcola Theatre), You Can’t Take It With You (King’s Head Theatre), and The Fatherland (Bush Theatre). For television, her credits include It’s a Sin, Whitechapel, Quick Cuts, Silk, The Jury, Phone Shop, Silent Witness, Doctor Who, Pinochet in Suburbia, Rose and Maloney, The Commander, Grease Monkeys, The Last Detective, Fugee Girl, Time Gentlemen Please, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, Blood River, The Bill – as series regular Delia French, Last Supper and Fighting Back; and for film, Slum Woman, City Rats, The Fourth Angel, Ruby’s Slippers and The Theory of Flight.
Helen Belbin’s theatre credits include Wuthering Heights (Oxford Shakespeare Company), Market Boy (Union Theatre), About Last Night (Arcola Theatre), A Haunting (Belgrade Theatre Coventry), The History Club (Old Red Lion), Kings (Vault Festival), The Flouers O' Edinburgh, Northern Star
(Finborough Theatre) and Verdict (UK tour). Her television work includes The Outlaws, Holby City Silent Witness, Call the Midwife, and Wolfblood; and for film Mad to Be Normal, Waterboys, The Carrier, Always in the Present and Je Suis Daddy.
Laurence Belcher’s theatre credits include King John (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Turn of the Screw (Almeida Theatre), The Late Middle Classes (Donmar Warehouse), The Habit of Art (National Theatre), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), Scrooge (London Palladium), and Whistle Down the Wind (Palace Theatre). For television, his work includes, Song For Jenny, Silent Witness, Missing, Doctor Who, Gracie!, Little Dorrit and Hell Bent for Leather; and for film, Runaway, Diana, X Men: First Class, Messengers 2: The Scarecrow and Shadow Within.
Paul Birchard’s theatre credit include The Pat Hobby Stories (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Death of a Salesman (RSC), The White House Murder Case (Orange Tree Theatre), The Goat (Traverse, Edinburgh), Inherit The Wind (The Old Vic), His Girl Friday, Tales From The Vienna Woods, Johnny on a Spot, Sweet Bird Of Youth (National Theatre), The Graduate (Gielgud Theatre), and The Fishing Trip (Croydon Warehouse). For television, his work includes The Bureau, Berlin Station, The Flu That Killed 50 Million, A Very British Deterrent, Waterloo Road, Spooks, A Line in the Sand, Look Around You, Absolute Hell, Mrs. Pollifax and The New Statesman; and for film, L’Aventure Des Marguerite, Backdraft 2, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Angels’ Share, Hanna, The Dark Knight, 1408, U & Me & Tennessee – An American Romance, The White Countess, The Jacket, and Batman.
Ryan Ellsworth’s theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet, Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Sheffield Theatres), Labyrinth (Hampstead Theatre), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theatr Clwyd), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Cheek by Jowl). For television, his work includes Angel of Darkness and A Royal Winter; and for film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Bel Ami.
Danny Hetherington’s recent theatre credits include Giving up Marty (Vault Festival), Pinocchio (Oddsocks Productions), Roseline (Pulsarts), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Italian tour), and Great Expectations (Geffrye Museum). For television his work includes Negotiations.
Matthew Jure’s theatre credits include Diary of a Madman (Pleasance Theatre), Talk Radio (Old Red Lion), Arcadia, Glengarry Glen Ross (Charles Cryer Theatre), Nana (Hampstead Theatre), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Charles Cryer / tour) and Lady Chatterley’s Lover (UK tour). His television credits include Waking the Dead, Grantchester, Downton Abbey, The Great Train Robbery, Electric Dreams, Temple and Peaky Blinders; and for film, Gangland Revenge, Condemned, Starlight & Superfish, The Killers and Night Bus.
Rebecca Hayes’ theatre work includes The Rhythmics (Southwark Playhouse), Constellation Street (National Theatre Wales/Sherman Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Bristol Old Vic), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), The Playboy of the Western World, Split, The Night Watch, Punk Rock, Stars in the Morning Sky (The Richard Burton Company), and Romeo and Juliet (National Youth Theatre of Wales). For television, her work includes The Pact, Bregus, Bang, 35 AWR and The Bastard Executioner.
Anna Munden trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her stage work includes Starcrazy (Miracle Theatre), Youth Without God (The Coronet Theatre), Spilikin (Pipeline Theatre) and The Crucible (Cube Theatre Company). Her television work includes Father Brown, Showtrial and The Nevers.
Itoya Osagiede’s theatre work includes Notes on Grief (MIF), Tears are a Luxury, Belong (Royal Court Theatre), The Hunt (Almeida Theatre), Twelfth Night (Gods and Monsters), Palm Wine and Stout (Eastern Angles Theatre), Blue/Orange (Contexture Theatre), and Teach Me (Soho Theatre). For television, his credits include War on Drugs, Beowulf, American Odyssey, and Spotless; and for film, Second Coming, Farming, Okora and Dark Lights.
Academy-Award winning screenwriter, director, and renowned playwright Aaron Sorkin made his Broadway debut with A Few Good Men, for which he received the John Gassner Award as Outstanding New American Playwright. He followed this with the debut of Making Movies Off-Broadway; and later returned to Broadway with The Farnsworth Invention. Most recently, his 2018 staged adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, re-premièred on Broadway. In its original run, the show run garnered Celia Keenan-Bolger the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role, as well as an additional eight nominations, including Jeff Daniels for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. For television, Sorkin created and produced NBC’s renowned series The West Wing, which earned nine Emmy nominations in its first season. The series went on to win a total of 26 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series for four consecutive years from 2000-2003. For his work on the series, Sorkin twice received the Peabody Award and Humanitas Prize, as well as three Television Critics Association Awards and Producers Guild Awards, and a Writers Guild Award. Sorkin’s other television work includes the Emmy-nominated Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Newsroom. Sorkin’s first feature film was the 1993 adaptation of his own play A Few Good Men – nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture. In 2011, Sorkin won the Academy Award, Critics’ Choice Award, BAFTA, and Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as the USC Scripter Award for The Social Network. The film, directed by David Fincher, was nominated for a total of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture. His additional screenplays include The American President, Charlie Wilson’s War, Moneyball – adapted alongside Steve Zaillian with story by Stan Chervin, which received the Critics’ Choice Award and New York Film Critics’ Award for Best Adapted Screenplay - and Steve Jobs. In 2017, Sorkin made his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, which he also wrote based on the personal memoir of Molly Bloom. The screenplay earned him nominations for an Academy Award, Writers Guild Award, and BAFTA. Sorkin also wrote and directed The Trial of the Chicago 7, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Most recently he wrote and directed Being the Ricardos, now available worldwide on Amazon Prime Video. The film, about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz set during one production week of I Love Lucy was recently nominated for three Critics Choice Awards including Best Original Screenplay.
Bartlett Sher directs. Sher received nominations for Tony and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for the Broadway run of To Kill a Mockingbird. He won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for South Pacific (also London and Australia). He also received Tony Award nominations for Best Direction for My Fair Lady, Oslo (also National Theatre, London), The King and I (also London), Golden Boy, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Awake and Sing!, and The Light in the Piazza. Also on Broadway, he directed Fiddler on the Roof, The Bridges of Madison County, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (also London), as well as New York productions of Blood & Gifts (Lincoln Center), Prayer for My Enemy and The Butterfly Collection (Playwrights Horizons), Cymbeline (Callaway Award, also Royal Shakespeare Company), Waste (Best Play Obie Award), Don Juan and Pericles (TFANA, BAM). Opera includes Rigoletto (Metropolitan Opera, Staatsoper Berlin), Roméo et Juliette (Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg, Milan, Chicago), Faust (Baden Baden), Two Boys (English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera); Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Baden Baden, Metropolitan Opera), Otello, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Le Comte Ory, L’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera), Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera, New York City Opera). Previously Artistic Director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre (2000–2009), Company Director for the Guthrie Theater, and Associate Artistic Director at Hartford Stage Company, Bart has been Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater since 2008. He serves on the board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Upcoming work include Lincoln Center’s chamber opera production of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, and the West End première of his production of My Fair Lady at the Coliseum later this year. His film of Oslo premiered on HBO in May and was nominated for two Emmy Awards.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Set in Maycomb, Alabama in 1934, To Kill a Mockingbird has provided American literature with some of its most indelible characters: lawyer Atticus Finch, the tragically wrongly-accused Tom Robinson, Atticus’ daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker Calpurnia and the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley. For the past six decades and for every generation, this story, its characters and portrait of small-town America have helped to, and continue to, inspire conversation and change.
In January 2017, departing President Barack Obama looked to Atticus Finch in his Farewell Address; “If our democracy is to work the way it should in this increasingly diverse nation, then each one of us needs to heed the advice of a great character in American fiction, Atticus Finch, who said ‘you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb into his skin, and walk around in it.’ This is what our constitution and our highest ideals require. Hearts must change”.
More recently, following President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 US election, Peter Marks in The Washington Post said: “It’s not mere sentimentality to propose that Biden cuts a figure akin to the kind, purposeful character Harper Lee created and Aaron Sorkin reinvigorated on Broadway. In the conciliatory tones of his maiden speech, Biden made a pitch to our better natures in a manner that reverberated with Finch-like magnanimity and rectitude”.
Commenting on the play itself, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said, “The theater has the power to make us forget our differences, to bond us all together, to cause us to find common ground together. In this beautiful play we learn about something so important: decency. Decency will unify America”.
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Please be advised that this production contains racially explicit language and brief gunfire audio.
Recommended for ages 12+
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BY HARPER LEE
Published in 1960, Harper Lee’s debut novel To Kill a Mockingbird was an immediate and astonishing success – it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was published in ten languages within a year of its release. The book, considered one of the great classics of modern American literature, went on to become a global phenomenon, with more than 50 million copies in print to date. To Kill a Mockingbird has moved international readers for half a century, with editions published in over 40 languages including Persian, Dutch, Norwegian, Russian, Vietnamese, Armenian, Chinese, and Esperanto.
In 2012 the Library of Congress presented an exhibition titled Books That Shaped America, inviting those who attended to cite the book that most changed their lives – To Kill a Mockingbird came second only to the Bible.
In 2007, Lee was recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which cited her “outstanding contribution to America’s literary tradition”. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded Lee the National Medal of Arts, an award given for “outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts” – the nation’s highest honour for artistic achievement.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
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