Education and outreach launched concurrently with To Kill a Mockingbird

With the production currently receiving critical acclaim and capacity for the house, To Kill a Mockingbird is continuing a series of educational and outreach programs to accompany the production.

Increasing the commitment to schools and ensuring that productions continue to reach the widest possible audience, school groups will now have exclusive early access to all performances until 21 July 2023 at the end of the next school year, before seats go on sale to the general public. From 21 September, the £15 ticket price concession will be extended to all school groups of 10 or more performing mid-week matinees on Wednesday, with a free teacher ticket for every 10 students.

Complementing the school, the production created an educational resource to support middle school students and their teachers in coming to the show. These include; drama-based classroom and studio activities, insight into adaptations, guided teaching on PSHE issues such as diversity and inclusion, and live production support for GCSE and A Level drama. From 4th July, the pack will be available for free download from https://www.tokillamockingbird.co.uk/.

In addition, the producers have reserved £5 tickets for each performance, which are offered directly to audiences currently underrepresented in the West End theatre audience. To date, 75% of those tickets have been used by young people, and for many, To Kill a Mockingbird is their first visit to the theatre.

Producer Sonia Friedman said today: “While the homes are sold out, we’re making To Kill a Mockingbird available to everyone, so it’s a good time to go before it goes on sale in full. The school is open for a specific long-term booking period. In addition to our ongoing £15 All Rise ticket scheme. Harper Lee’s enduring story, masterfully adapted for stage by Aaron Sorkin, opens up important conversations and we are committed to making All audience members can participate in the play.”

Playwright Aaron Sorkin visited Capital City Academy in Willesden, North West London, for a Q&A with students after a free rehearsal for the production opening in the UK. A video of this event can be found here: https://www.tokillamockingbird.co.uk/videos/

In addition, To Kill a Mockingbird continues its successful All Rise ticket scheme, offering £15 seats per show. The initiative provides access to the widest possible audience at an affordable price. Over 1,400 tickets are issued every month. In addition to the All Rise programme, there is also the opportunity to snap up £15 tickets daily via Today Tix – a limited number of extra seats available on each performance day via the app.This TodayTix Apps can be downloaded for free on iO or Android devices through the App Store; or you can access them online at TodayTix.com.

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Bartlett Sher directed a cast of over 30 people – Rafe Spall (Atticus Finch), Harry Attwell (Mr Cunningham/Boo Radley), Amanda Boxer (Mrs Henry Dubose), Poppy Lee Friar (Mayella Ewell), John Hastings (Bailiff) , Simon Hepworth (Mr Rothko/Dr Reynolds), Laura Howard (Miss Stephanie/Dear’s mother), Lloyd Hutchinson (Link Deas), Gwyneth Keyworth (Scout) Finch), Tom Mannion (Sheriff Heck Tate), David Muirster (Dell Harris), Pamela Normwitt (Calpurnia), Jim Norton (Judge Taylor), Patrick O’Kane (Bob Ewell), Jude Owusu (Tom Robinson), Harry Redding (Jem Finch), David Sturzaker (Horace Gilmer) and Natasha Williams (Mrs Dubose’s Maid) with Helen Belbin, Laurence Belcher, Paul Bircard, Ryan Ellsworth , Rebecca Hayes, Danny Hetherington, Matthew Jure, Anna Munden, Tiwai Muza, Oyin Orija and Itoya Osagiede form the orchestra and substitutes, Candida Caldicot on organ and Ciyo Brown and Jack Benjamin on organ guitar.

Set in Maycomb, Alabama in 1934, To Kill a Mockingbird provides some of the most indelible characters in American literature: attorney Atticus Finch, tragically aggrieved Tom Robinson, Atticus’ daughter Scott, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker Carl Ponia, and reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley. Over the past six years, this story, its characters, and portraits of small-town America have helped and will continue to inspire conversation and change for every generation.

Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide. 2020 marks 60th Publication anniversary.

Sher and original Broadway creative team – Miriam Buether (sets), Ann Roth (costumes), Jennifer Tipton (lights), Scott Lehrer (sounds), Adam Guettel (original music), Kimberly Grigsby (music supervisor) and Campbell Young Associates (hair & Wigs) – Serena Hill as casting director, Hazel Holder as voice and dialect coach, Titas Halder as associate director, Candida Caldicot as music director, Tavia Rivee Jefferson as cultural coordinator and Rasheka Christie-Carter as assistant director.

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