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To Kill a Mockingbird sets first Broadway preview date


To Kill a Mockingbird

Bartlett Sher
Bartlett Sher

It has been reported that Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin's new stage adaptation of Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, will begin performances at a yet-to-be-confirmed Broadway theatre on December 13, 2018.

Synopsis: "Based on an event that occurred near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama in the 1930s, Harper Lee’s story of racial injustice and the destruction of childhood innocence centers on small-town lawyer and single father Atticus Finch (modeled after Lee’s father, attorney Amasa Lee), his young daughter Scout, her older brother Jem, and their mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur 'Boo' Radley. Written during the early stages of the Civil Rights Movement - at a time when Jim Crow laws were still in effect in many Southern states - Lee's novel held a mirror to the culture of racism of the Deep South."

To Kill a Mockingbird is produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin.

An official opening date, as well as venue, casting and creative team information will be announced at a later date.

Harper Lee's debut novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It has gone on to sell over 50 million copies in print to date and has been published in over 40 different languages.

Aaron Sorkin won an Academy Award for his adapted screenplay of "The Social Network" in 2011 and also won a Golden Globe for "Steve Jobs" in 2016. He is also acclaimed for his TV work, creating the series "The West Wing," for which he won four Emmy Awards. His previous plays include 'The Farnsworth Invention' and 'A Few Good Men.'

A stage adaptation by Christopher Sergel, under the direction of Timothy Sheader, played London's Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park in Summer 2013. The same production returned to the venue in late Summer 2014 and also played a Summer 2015 engagement at London's Barbican Theatre.

- by Tom Millward

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