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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of To Kill A Mockingbird, which wowed Norwich audiences four years ago, is set to return to the Theatre Royal from March 4-9.
This enchanting and thought-provoking production captures the warmth, poignancy and magic of one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
Based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which was made into an iconic 1962 Oscar-winning movie starring Gregory Peck, it is set in the Deep South of America where racial injustice divides a small-town community. With integrity and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth while his courageous daughter, Scout, brings hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil.
This production of To Kill A Mockingbird opened Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2013 season and then toured the UK (arriving in Norwich in September 2014) to critical acclaim and sell-out performances, including a month-long residency at The Barbican.
Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel and directed by Timothy Sheader, the cast is led by Simon Robson in the role of Atticus Finch.
Simon Robson has worked extensively in the theatre, as well as appearing in BBC’s EastEnders and Doctors. As a writer, his first play The Ghost Train Tattoo was premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester in 2001. Since then he has published a book of short stories, The Separate Heart, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Frank O’Connor Prize in 2007.
The role of Scout is shared on tour by three young actresses, all aged 10 – Nessa Eriksson, Summer Jenkins and Eve Prenelle; while the role of Jem is shared by Stanley Jarvis (13), Jaxon Knopf (9) and Theo Josse Wilkinson (10); and the role of Dill is shared by Billy Marlow (12), Joshua Pickering (11) Jack Riley (12).
Joining them is Pearl Appleby (Mayella Ewell), Dave Fishley (Reverend Sykes), Joseph Fletcher (Arthur Radley), Kieran Hill (Heck Tate), Alexandra Mathie (Stephanie Crawford/Mrs Dubose), Ged McKenna (Judge Taylor/Walter Cunningham), John Omole (Tom Robinson), Carl Rice (Bob Ewell), Sarah Tansey (Maudie Atkinson), Paul Woodson (Nathan Radley/Mr Gilmer) and Amanda Wright (Calpurnia).
Music for the production is composed and performed live on stage by Phil King (Luke Potter will perform at certain venues).
The set is designed by Jon Bausor, who designed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and whose previous theatre design credits include Bat Out of Hell (in London and the US) and the UK tour of The Band.
To Kill A Mockingbird is produced by Jonathan Church Productions, Curve and Regent’s Park Theatre Ltd.
To Kill A Mockingbird is at the Norwich Theatre Royal from Monday 4-Saturday 9 March at 7.30pm, and Wed and Sat matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£28. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Over-60s, Schools, Under-18s and Groups. Captioned performance on Wed 6 March at 2.30pm.
To book, log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000.