Richard Coyle to play Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird in West End

Acclaimed stage and screen actor Richard Coyle is returning to London’s West End to play Atticus Finch’s role in the critically acclaimed Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Iconic Characters – This is a new Aaron Sorkin drama directed by Bartlett Shearer. Coyle’s last appearance on the West End stage was the Oliver Award-nominated hit “Ink.” Niall Buggy (Olivier and Drama Desk Award winner) will also join the production as Judge Taylor. Coyle and Buggy will join the original London company, which begins at the Gielgud Theatre from August 15th to November 19th.Rafe Spall and Jim Norton, who currently play Atticus Finch and Judge Taylor respectively, will have their final show on August 13

The adaptation from Harper Lee has been one of the major hits of this year’s West End season, with a sold-out performance at the Gielgud Theatre since it opened in March.

About the cast

Richard Coyle (Atticus Finch) and Niall Buggy (Judge Taylor) with 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 Diess), Gwyneth Keyworth (Scott Finch), Tom Mannion (Sheriff Heck Tate), David Morester (Dill Harris), Pamela Normwitt (Carponia), Jim Norton ( Judge Taylor), Patrick O’Kane (Bob Ewell), Jude Owusu (Tom Robinson), Harry Reading (Jem Finch), David Stuzak (Horace Gilmer) and Natasha Williams (Madame Dubose’s Maid) with Helen Belbin, Laurence Belcher, Paul Birchard, Ryan Ellsworth, Rebecca Hayes, Danny Hetherington, Matthew Jure, Anna Munden, Tiwai Muza, Oyin Orija and Itoya Osagiede The orchestra and backups, Candida Caldicot on the organ, and Ciyo Brown and Jack Benjamin on the guitar, complete the company.

Set in Maycomb, Alabama in 1934, To Kill a Mockingbird offers some of the most indelible characters in American literature: attorney Atticus Finch, tragically wronged 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 the 60th anniversary of its publication.

Richard Coyle returns to play Atticus Finch – he most recently played at James Graham (Almeida Theatre/Duke of York Theatre) Plays Larry Lamb in the critically acclaimed smash hit. In theatre, his other credits include: Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory), Lovers and Collections (Harold Pinter Theatre), Don Carlos (Sheffield Theatre and Gielgud Theatre), Angry Looking Back (Royal Baths), After Miss Julie, Proof, Polar Bears (Donmar Warehouse) and The York Realist (Royal Court Theatre / Novello Theatre). A familiar face on screen, Coyle is probably best known as Jeff Murdock in Coupling and Faus in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Father de Blackwood. Most recently, he starred in the latest film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise – Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secret. For TV, his other credits include June 4, Then You Run, The Hot Sun, Born to Kill, The Fallen, The Collection, AD Bible Continues, Crossbones, Life in Crime, Secret Affairs, Going to the Post, The Whistleblower, Historic Mr. Polly, Clark, Best Man, Gunpowder, Treason and Intrigue, Doctor Strange, Othello, Sword of Honor, Lorna Dunn, Hearts and Bones, Rising, Wife and Daughter, Macbeth; for movies, Love’s Food Guide, Pusher, Grabbers, WE, 5 Day War, Prince of Persia, Franklin, A Good Year, The Prodigal Son, Happy Now, Topsy Turvy, and Human Traffic “.

Neil Badge as Judge Taylor. His theatre credits include Krapp’s Last Tape (Tron Theatre, Leeds Playhouse), The Old Tune (Jermyn Street Theatre), Furniture (Druid Theatre), The Plough and The Stars (Lyric Hammersmith), St Joan (Donmar Warehouse), On Blueberry Hill (Origin 1st Irish Theatre Award Best Actor – Trafalgar Studios, Dublin Theatre Festival, New York), The Importance of Being Earnest (Harold Pinter Theatre), Translations (Sheffield Theatre / Rose Theatre), The Hanging Gardens (Abbey Theatre), DruidMurphy ( Druid Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Washington), The Weir (Royal Court Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre, New York), Haunted (Sydney/Royal Exchange/New York), Penelope (Druid Theatre/Hampstead Theatre/Edinburgh/New York/ Washington ), John Bull’s Another Island (Tricycle Theatre), After Play (Dublin Gate, Edinburgh, New York, Sydney), Uncle Vanya (Irish Times Best Actor – Dublin Gate), Alaska Gate (Dublin Gate) . Dead Funny (Oliver Award, Best Actor – Hampstead / Variety Theatre), Juno and Pycock (TMA Award – Albury Theatre), Rough Crossing, Love for Love, The Threepenny Opera, Scandal School (National Theatre) and Noble (Clarence Derwent Award, Time Out Award, Drama Desk Award, OBIE Award – Hampstead Theatre/New York). For TV, his credits include Cobra, Will, My Mother and Other Strangers, Malice Aforethought, Grease Monkeys, The Cruise, Lucy Sullivan Getting Married, Upwardly Mobile, Agony Too, Father Ted and The Citadel; films include Lucky, Duel, Mr. Turner, Sleep with the Fish, Rufus Stone, Mamma Mia! , “The Prodigal Son,” “Todd the Sweeney,” “Anna Karenina,” and “Cruise of the Gods.”

To Kill a Mockingbird runs All Rise ticket program in exclusive partnership TodayTix, which provides a £15 seat per show. The initiative provides access to the widest possible audience at an affordable price. More than 1,400 tickets will be issued each month. So far, the program has sold more than 6,000 tickets, with another 6,000 available starting next week through November. In addition to the All Rise programme, there is also the opportunity to grab a £15 daily ticket via Today Tix – a limited number of additional seats will be available via the app each performance day.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.

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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