The actor will play Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s play based on Harper Lee’s iconic novel.

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Today producers Scott Rudin, Barry Diller and Sonia Friedman Productions have announced that Rhys Ifans will be playing the role of Atticus Finch in the new play by Aaron Sorkin at the Gielgud Theatre.

The actor was most recently seen on stage in On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre playing John Daniel. His other credits include the title role in Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King (National Theatre), The Fool in King Lear (Old Vic) and caused a sensation in the one-man show Protest Song (National Theatre). He also starred as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Old Vic).

Tickets for the production will go on general sale from the 6th December at 10am with further casting to be announced soon.

Set in Alabama in 1934, To Kill a Mockingbird centres on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. The cast of characters includes Atticus’s daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker Calpurnia, their visiting friend Dill, a mysterious neighbour the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley, and the other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama.

It was also announced that To Kill a Mockingbird is partnering with TodayTix for the All Rise Access initiative where over 500 tickets a week will be available at £15. Details will be announced in 2020.  

As well as being directed by Bartlett Sher, the creative team for the production includes: designs by Miriam Buether, costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, sound by Scott Lehrer and an original score by Adam Guettel.

To Kill a Mockingbird will play at the Gielgud Theatre from the 21st May 2020. For more information visit: https://www.tokillamockingbird.co.uk/

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