Aaron Sorkin is bringing his acclaimed adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird to London next year. The play, which smashed box office records and received warm reviews during its initial run on Broadway, opens at the West End's Gielgud Theatre in May 2020.
To Kill A Mockingbird's UK debut coincides with the 60th anniversary of Harper Lee's classic novel, which in 1961 — the year after its publication — won the Pulitzer Prize for its unflinching examination of racial injustice in the segregated American south.
Sorkin — who created the critically acclaimed TV series The West Wing and wrote hit Facebook biopic The Social Network — initially faced the threat of litigation from Lee's estate, which objected to the play's less-than-clean-cut portrayal of protagonist Atticus Finch. It was only after tweaks were made to bring Sorkin's Finch more in line with Lee's creation that To Kill A Mockingbird opened in New York, helmed by director Bartlett Sher.
There's no word yet on the UK cast, though you can expect the Finch children to be played by adults, as they were on Broadway.
Similarly, the length of its West End run is yet to be announced, and do keep an eye on the play's website to avoid missing out.