Last Updated on 1 April 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team
Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird has opened at the Gielgud Theatre. Here’s what the reviewers made of this eagerly awaited production.
Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird opened last night (31st March 2022) under the direction of Bartlett Sher at the Gielgud Theatre, London.
The show has been breaking records on Broadway since before the pandemic and even played a special performance at Madison Square Garden for 15000+ school children.
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.
Bartlett Sher directs a cast of over thirty – Rafe Spall (Atticus Finch), 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, Tiwai Muza, Oyin Orija and Itoya Osagiede making up the ensemble and understudies, with Candida Caldicot on organ and Frank Dawkins on guitar.
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 joined by 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.
To Kill A Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre has announced a season extension to 19 November by popular demand.
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To Kill A Mockingbird – Critic’s Round-Up
All Rise for a magnificent Mockingbird. Unbearably moving. Sheer emotion and moral force make this a powerful uplifting event.
This utterly riveting and revelatory staging blazingly captures the zeitgeist.
Sensational Spall. Mockingbird soars anew in Sorkin’s blistering adaptation. Spellbinding.
Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation is a freestanding triumph, its poignancy, anger and argument perfectly pitched for our restless age of questioning not only the injustice of racism but the perils of tolerance and the nature of ‘allyship’
Libby Purves, TheatreCat