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Rhys Ifans to lead To Kill A Mockingbird West End transfer

Bartlett Sher will direct the production as it comes over from Broadway

Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
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Rhys Ifans will lead the cast of To Kill A Mockingbird when it transfers from Broadway to the West End, it was announced today.

Ifans is currently playing opposite Rakie Oyola in Ed Thomas' On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre. He will take on the role of Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation of Harper Lee's classic novel from 21 May 2020.

Directed by Bartlett Sher (The King and I), Sorkin's adaptation continues to run on Broadway after an official opening night in December 2018. Jeff Daniels initially starred in the show, with Ed Harris now leading the cast. It was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning one.

Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, published in 1960, explores racial injustice in America and features one of the most iconic characters in literary history – small-town lawyer Atticus Finch.

Sher's production is designed by Miriam Buether, with costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, sound by Scott Lehrer and an original score by Adam Guettel.