To Kill a Mockingbird was my favourite book at school. My English teacher leant me her copy from her own book collection and I instantly fell in love with it and now it comes to the stage!
THE CRITICALLY-acclaimed production of To Kill A Mockingbird starts its UK tour in Canterbury in September.
Directed by Timothy Sheader, it originally opened Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2013 season to critical acclaim and sell-out performances. Due to popular demand, it returned to conclude the 2014 season.
Proving its success across every art form, the 1960 novel by Harper Lee was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, followed by the film adaptation in 1962 which won three Oscars out of the eight it was nominated for.
Set in America’s Deep South, racial injustice envelops a small town. Through courage and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth and Scout, his daughter, brings new hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil.
Daniel Betts will play Atticus Finch, alongside Zackary Momoh as Tom Robinson, Christopher Akrill as Boo Radley. Original cast member and composer Phil King will
Betts is an accomplished stage actor whose previous theatre credits include Skylight (National Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company), Dial M For Murder (UK Tour), Sweet Bird Of Youth (Old Vic), The Great Game (Tricycle, NYC and US Tour), and The King’s Speech (Wyndham’s Theatre). Daniel’s previous television roles include Criminal Justice, Law And Order and A Touch Of Frost.
Akrill began his career as a dancer and has worked with companies including Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet and Hannover State Ballet. His theatre credits include Dr Dee (Manchester International Festival) and Waiting For Godot (Munich). He has appeared on screen in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, The Muppets Most Wanted and ITV’s Mr Selfridge.
Momoh has recently appeared on stage at the National Theatre in From Morning To Midnight and Sir Nicholas Hytner’s critically-acclaimed production of Othello. His other stage credits include Palm, Wine And Stout (UK Tour) and The Bay (Young Vic). Momoh has also appeared on screen in Holby City, Doctors, and Travel Express.
Reprising his role for 2014, King composed and performed the critically-acclaimed score for the 2013 production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. King has composed music for television, film and theatre and has released two albums. Many of his tracks have been played on BBC Radio 2 by the likes of Bob Harris, Steve Lamacq and Alex Lester, as well as on regional BBC stations.
To Kill A Mockingbird is at The Marlowe Theatre from Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 September, with performances at 7.30pm and matinees at 1.30pm (Wednesday and Thursday) and 2.30pm (Saturday). Tickets, priced from £19 to £34.50, are from The Box Office on 01227 787787, or at marlowetheatre.com.
There will be a British Sign Language-interpreted performance at 7.30pm on the Thursday.