Bartlett Sher's production of To Kill A Mockingbird, adapted for the stage by Aaron Sorkin from Harper Lee's classic novel, will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre from May 2020. The production transfers following a hugely successful run on Broadway, where it starred Jeff Daniels. The West End transfer was announced on 31st October 2019, marking the one year anniversary since the production opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre, and tickets are now on sale.
Harper Lee's story of racial injustice has sold 45 million copies worldwide, with 2020 marking the 60th anniversary of its publication.
The play tells the story of young Scout and her father Atticus Finch, a lawyer tasked with defending a local, Tom Robinson, who is accused of rape. The novel explores justice and racial tension in a small Southern town, and is one of the best-selling novels of all-time.
Bartlett Sher, whose recent London work includes The King and I and Oslo, directed the production when it premiered at the Schubert Theatre in New York. It broke a box office record when it grosses $1.5 million in a single week.
Rhys Ifans will star as Atticus Finch in the West End transfer of To Kill A Mockingbird, recently appearing in On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court. He has also starred as Ebenezer Scrooge in Jack Thorne's adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic, as well as Exit the King at the National Theatre. Note: Rhys Ifans will perform in the role of Atticus Finch until Saturday 10 October. Additionally, he will not perform between 7-12 September inclusive.
Jeff Daniels received critical acclaim for his work in the role of Atticus. Writing for New York Theatre Guide, Mark Shenton wrote: "The production makes for gripping, seriously absorbing theatre with a top-flight Broadway cast, led by the grave but sympathetic Jeff Daniels."
To Kill A Mockingbird will begin previews at the Gielgud Theatre on 21st May 2020, ahead of an opening night on 11th June 2020.
To Kill A Mockingbird tickets are now on sale.