Bartlett Sher’s To Kill A Mockingbird to transfer to West End in summer 2020
Bartlett Sher’s award-winning production of To Kill A Mockingbird is set to transfer to the West End from Broadway in May 2020, it has been announced.
Based on the legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Harper Lee, Aaron Sorkin’s new play opened in New York one year ago today to critical acclaim, starring Academy Award winner Jeff Daniels.
Daniels was replaced in the New York production by Ed Harris, although casting for the British production is yet to be announced.
Lee’s novel is told in first-person from the point-of-view of Scout, a young girl whose father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, and is tasked with a sensitive case much to the interest of the townspeople. Next year will mark 60 years since the book’s publication.
Director Sher’s previous and recent work in the West End includes The King and I at the London Palladium, Oslo at the National and Harold Pinter Theatres, while other Broadway hits include My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center Theatre.
Writer Aaron Sorkin’s credits include the Emmy Award-winning TV show The West Wing, and the films Steve Jobs and The Social Network. He also adapted his 1989 play A Few Good Men into an Academy Award-winning film.
The creative team for To Kill A Mockingbird includes designer Miriam Buether, costume designer Ann Roth, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, sound designer Scott Lehrer, and the play has an original score by Adam Guettel.
In his review of the Broadway production for New York Theatre Guide, Mark Shenton said the play made for “gripping, seriously absorbing theatre”.
To Kill A Mockingbird tickets will be on sale soon.