To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird is a new play adapted from the classic novel by Aaron Sorkin. The book comes from Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winner. The production is directed by one of the USA's best loved and respected Directors, Bartlett Sher, and it's on at the magnificent Gielgud Theatre from May 2020. The book has sold at least 45 million copies since it was published in 1960. The 1962 movie became an instant hit and is loved by people to this day. This is an enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence, and 2020 marks sixty years since it hit the book stores. Last but not least the Broadway production sold out so completely that there wasn't a single ticket left. And that makes it a winner, on the way to a place on the list of the most successful American plays in Broadway history.
If you know the book and the film, you'll appreciate the difference. Atticus is no longer the 100% good, sweet, honourable person we meet in past versions, in the original. And that's all we'll say about it, since we don't want to spoil things for you! The story? Six year old Scout and her father Atticus Finch live in a small town in the Deep south. As a lawyer he's given the job of defending a local black man, Tom Robinson, accused of rape by a poor white woman. It wasn't rape, but back then – as you'll discover – the law and 'justice' were not always the same thing. One for your diary!
Audience Latest Reviews
Reviews Summary based on 82 reviews
What to expect
Stellar production and acting! Best play I’ve seen.
Amazing adaption, engaging story and I was highly impressed by ALL the actors, each held their own so well. Marilyn, 18 May 2023
Thoroughly engaging, captivating performance. Pat, 08 May 2023
The show was great, great acting, great rhythm to it, the story is compelling and still relevant to our days. Even funny at times! The only issue is that there's a mix between a Southern accent and a British accent and it's a little hard to understand at times. Na'ama, 03 May 2023
Thought provoking production with excellent stagecraft
An story about injustice many years ago that is still very relevant Anne, 02 May 2023
would be nice to hear what was said on stage!
actors did not project enough, really hard to hear. Peter, 25 Apr 2023
A great take on a well loved book. The cast and set were amazing and there were plenty moments of gentle humour throughout the serious story. Sally-Anne, 23 Apr 2023
Absolutely outstanding adaptation of Harper Lees book. Magnificent performances from every one. Steve, 22 Apr 2023
Excellent show, really gripping and emotional
Sound didn’t carry too well at times, missed some dialogue. But the show was really good. Yvonne, 18 Apr 2023
A must see
This is one of my favourite books so I was very much looking forward to seeing it on stage and I was not disappointed. It was very true to the book, well acted and I was totally immersed. Even my husband, who doesn't like London or the theatre, didn't know the story, and was only there to accompany me on my birthday, enjoyed the show. Rachel, 06 Apr 2023
Excellent cast and production of one of the great plays of the 20thC. fraser, 29 Mar 2023
Spell binding portrayal of a much loved book. True to the book and cleverly told! Sue, 22 Mar 2023
Full of students who arrived very late
We could not hear it adequately in the Grand Circle.
We lost the plot in the final act since we just couldn't hear certain characters.
Think we will need to buy the book to fully appreciate the themes and ultimate thoughts about the play.
This is very disappointing.
I paid over 70 pounds for 2 tickets. HILARY, 08 Mar 2023
Great story but spoilt by poor diction
I have not read the book or seen the Gregory Peck movie but it is a great story and script. It particularly delivers in the second half. For me, I had great difficulty in understanding many of the actors, particularly the children. I could follow the main threads but amongst others, could not understand the subplot about falling on a knife, who Billy? was or who the character at the end was who was standing under a streetlight. Whether the acoustic in the Grand Circle had something to do with it, I am not sure. I could hear Matthew Modine and the actors playing the prosecutor and Linus Deas very clearly. Andrew, 03 Mar 2023
A powerful moral conundrum and conflict
Excellent performance of a powerful play. Can be slightly hard to hear some of the voices, although not a major problem unless one had impaired hearing. Geoffrey, 15 Jan 2023
First show in a West end I didn't enjoy
We go to theater twice a year and never been disappointed with the show. Unfortunately To kill a Mockingbird didn't impress us at all.
Acting was good, the story is good but probably for a film, not a stage performance. Was boring hence feel it's been overpriced too. Tania, 29 Dec 2022
Amazing show !
Loved the show, told the story in a great theatrical way. Christine, 17 Dec 2022
Real theatre …
Choose the best seats you can afford. We’ll worth seeing. Universal value. Robin, 16 Dec 2022
Brilliant show . The whole production is a must see. Lovely theatre good sound. Loved the scene changes and the way the story wove together. Very nice staff throughout the theatre. Anne, 14 Dec 2022
Great acting! An amazing show Rumbie, 06 Dec 2022
A fresh look at an old friend
Pitch perfect adaptation of a much-loved book. jane, 05 Dec 2022
Nice option for families, teenagers, school attendances
Nice plot and especially oriented to American society and the racial gaps have been marked thousand of people. I will recommend it since it s more symbolic than ever.. Maria, 29 Nov 2022
As I first did aprecis whenwas 12 about 50 years ago always wanted to see play. Enjoyed the presentation and a bonus to see a US actor too. Lynn, 27 Nov 2022
A must see production
A really enjoyable play and the way the story was portrayed was great. Actors and actresses all brilliant. Would thoroughly recommend this production to any enthusiastic reader of literature / theatregoer. Isabel Joan, 23 Nov 2022
I liked the show a lot as it was a story I have read and enjoyed over the years. Atticus Finch was exceptionally good!
I felt it difficult to hear some of the actors which was a shame, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Sarah, 22 Nov 2022
To be seen
This production was superb. The cast were excellent and the well- known story heart rending. Do yourself a favour....go and see it! Jonathon, 15 Nov 2022
Every emotion-not least humour!
Great cast portrayed the plot beautifully. A well- loved story was given new aspects whilst nothing of the original was lost.
Thoroughly recommended! karen, 13 Nov 2022
Loved the acting, staging, lighting….goes without saying, the story is brilliant & sadly, always relevant. Patricia, 17 Oct 2022
Great acting, powerful story Inna, 08 Oct 2022
I am now rereading the book as it’s so long since I read it. A play that makes you think, laugh and cry. Sian, 27 Aug 2022
To Kill A Mockingbird has been one of my favorite books for many years, and I have been a fan of Aaron Sorkin since my many rewatches of “The West Wing.” This play takes the themes and plot of the book and presents it in such an engaging way. It’s truly a must see. The acting was superb. I’ve seen a lot of shows and this is by far one of the best. Excellent work. Ariana, 04 Aug 2022
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I really liked it. Chris, 06 Jul 2022
We visited the show - two adults and two teenagers (14/13) we all absolutely loved it, fantastic acting all round and even though Ralf Spall was not in it, the main character was superb - wonderful show Michael, 03 Jun 2022
Great show with added humour but never losing the importance of the plot David, 29 May 2022
To Kill a Mocking Bird
On stage pianist blocks the view for those at the right hand side in the stalls front rows. John, 27 May 2022
Wonderful acting but Sorkin is a little too preachy
The acting, set design and costumes were outstanding. I loved the self-referential narrative by the three kids who were wonderfully engaging. I didn't enjoy Aaron Sorkin’s revisions of the script that hit the audience over the head with the moral. The novel does it so much better. Calpurnia’s criticisms of Atticus were incredibly jarring as was Bob Ewell’s intellectual comments about race and America generally. You can't put 2022 sensibility into 1930s characters’ mouths. Elaine, 18 May 2022
Beautiful enhancement of the original book
I saw this play last night. I appreciated the multifaceted black characters (they were more active than in Harper Lee’s book, as I remember it) and the total relevance to today’s race relations and gender expectations. Very moving, as I’d expect from Aaron Sorkin, because it’s so well-acted and it’s creatively done — but not so creative that the time it’s set in can be forgotten. Jennifer, 27 Apr 2022
Amazing. Must see
So enjoyable. Fantastic production Aoibheann, 23 Mar 2022
All Rise - all inspiring
The play was close to the original story of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird', yet a story for our time. The dramatic licence taken with the production made it very watchable for those who hadn't read the original text. The humour was an added dimension. The acting right across the board was superb. Ruth, 19 Mar 2022