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Robert Sean Leonard in To Kill A Mockingbird at Regent’s Park Open Air theatre (Photo: Johan Persson)

Robert Sean Leonard in To Kill A Mockingbird at Regent's Park Open Air theatre (Photo: Johan Persson)

Mockingbird lands Barbican revival

Published 28 August 2014

The 2013 Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of To Kill A Mockingbird is to be revived at the Barbican Theatre in the summer of 2015.

The stage adaptation of the Harper Lee novel, which is currently being revived for the first time at the summer-only venue, will return to the London stage from 24 June 2015 with its original lead Robert Sean Leonard taking the role of Atticus Finch.

Leonard, who is not part of the cast currently performing at the Open Air Theatre, is best known for his role as Dr James Wilson in TV medical drama House and, earlier in his career, for starring opposite Robin Williams in hit movie Dead Poets Society.

To Kill A Mockingbird tells the story of a small town lawyer who tackles racial prejudices during the Great Depression. Through courage and compassion he seeks the truth, while his daughter Scout brings new hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil.

Following its season at the Open Air Theatre, which comes to a close on 13 September, To Kill A Mockingbird will embark on a UK tour that ends at the Barbican, where Leonard will re-join the cast.

The production runs at the Barbican until 25 July and will be closely followed by the much-anticipated Benedict Cumberbatch-led production of Hamlet, which plays from 5 August.


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