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Rafe Spall To Play Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird – previews begin 10 March 2022 at the Gielgud Theatre

To Kill a Mocking Bird

Scott RudinBarry Diller and Sonia Friedman announced today that multi-Olivier and Emmy Award nominee Rafe Spall will play Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. The production will open at the Gielgud Theatre on 31 March 2022, with previews from 10 March. This new play by Aaron Sorkin is based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and directed by Bartlett Sher.

To Kill a Mockingbird premiered on 13 December 2018, at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.  It is the most successful American play on Broadway; amassing a total gross of more than $125m to date and breaking the theatre’s box office record on ten occasions. On 26 February 2020, the Broadway cast gave a history-making free performance at Madison Square Garden in front of 18,000 New York City school children; this became the largest single performance of a theatrical work ever. To date, the Broadway production has provided over 10,000 free and low cost tickets to students.

For the London run, there will be a comprehensive education and outreach programme, seeking to engage with schools and communities who might otherwise be unable to access live theatre, and to raise awareness of the job opportunities within the theatre industry. In addition, there will be over 500 tickets available for each week of the run between £5 and £10. Full details and initiatives to be announced later this year.

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), Constellations (Royal Court Theatre and West End – Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor), and John Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse). His television credits include TryingThe Salisbury PoisoningsThe 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 Long Story Short.

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.

To Kill a Mockingbird will preview at London’s Gielgud Theatre from 10 March 2022 with an Opening Night on 31 March 2022Tickets go on general sale from 10.00am on 6 April 2021.

For latest news and priority booking access sign up at www.tokillamockingbird.co.uk.  

Emcee Spike Lee Joins NYC Public School Students at “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Madison Square Garden

From left: Aaron Sorkin, Ed Harris, Nick Robinson, Nina Grollman, and Taylor Trensch Little Fang
From left: Aaron Sorkin, Ed Harris, Nick Robinson, Nina Grollman, and Taylor Trensch Little Fang

From left: Aaron Sorkin, Ed Harris, Nick Robinson, Nina Grollman, and Taylor Trensch Little Fang

WHO: Spike Lee will emcee as the company of the Broadway play To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, will perform at the legendary Madison Square Garden in front of 18,000 New York City public school students.

Four-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner Ed Harris stars as Atticus Finch and leads the cast of characters that also includes Atticus’s daughter Scout (Nina Grollman), her brother Jem (Nick Robinson), their housekeeper and caretaker, Calpurnia (LisaGay Hamilton), their visiting friend Dill (Taylor Trensch) and a mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley (Russell Harvard). The other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama are brought to life on stage by Neal Huff (Bob Ewell), Kyle Scatliffe (Tom Robinson), Manoel Felciano (prosecutor Horace Gilmer), Dakin Matthews (Judge Taylor), and Eliza Scanlen (Mayella Ewell).

WHAT:  First-ever Broadway play, To Kill a Mockingbird, to perform at Madison Square Garden

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 26, 2020

1:30 PM  Performance begins  WHERE: Madison Square Garden

ABOUT:  The Broadway production of To Kill a MockingbirdAaron Sorkin’s new play, directed by Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, will become the first-ever Broadway play to perform at The World’s Most Famous Arena, New York’s Madison Square Garden, on February 26, 2020, in front of approximately 18,000 New York City public school students. With the extraordinary support of James L. Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company, this unprecedented, single-performance event will be entirely free to students of New York City Department of Education public middle and high schools from all five boroughs.

This special performance will feature the entire Broadway cast, led by Ed Harris as Atticus Finch. 

On February 26, 2020 America’s most successful play “To Kill A Mockingbird”  takes center stage at the world’s most famous arena 

To Kill a Mocking Bird

Producers Scott Rudin and Barry Diller, with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, announced today that the Broadway production of To Kill a MockingbirdAaron Sorkin’s new play, directed by Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, will become the first-ever Broadway play to perform at The World’s Most Famous Arena, New York’s Madison Square Garden, on February 26, 2020, in front of approximately 18,000 New York City public school students. With the extraordinary support of James L. Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company, this unprecedented, single-performance event will be entirely free to students of New York City Department of Education public middle and high schools from all five boroughs. 

This special performance will feature the entire Broadway cast, led by Ed Harris as Atticus Finch. 

“This is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and will undoubtedly have an indelible impact on our students for years to come,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “In New York City, we’re making record investments in arts education, and we thank the producers, artists, and everyone at Madison Square Garden for their incredible generosity in bringing the arts to life for our school communities.”

“Madison Square Garden has been the backdrop of a number of entertainment firsts over its history – but few have been as impactful or important as the upcoming performance of To Kill a Mockingbird,” said James L. Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company. “This show will mark the first time a Broadway play has appeared at The World’s Most Famous Arena, which will give thousands of New York City students the chance to witness the incredible power of live theater – an experience we know they will never forget.  We applaud Scott Rudin and Barry Diller’s vision for bringing this celebrated production to life on such a grand scale, and look forward to working with their teams, as well as with the Department of Education, on this extraordinary event, which we hope will be the first of many.”