August 3, 2022, 12:32
Ricky Wilson and Richard Coyle of Virgin Radio
Actor Richard Coyle joins Sky on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show to talk about playing Atticus Finn in the stage play “To Kill a Mockingbird” based on Harper Lee’s 1960 novel of the same name odd role.
Adapted by Aaron Sorkin, best known for “The White House” and “The Social Network,” the play is currently running at the Gielgud Theatre in London.Richard will Leif flaking, has been playing the role since March. The actor told Ricky Wilson, who was with Chris this week: “It’s a very exciting drama. I feel very lucky and very honoured. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and it’s a comeback to me. Speaking of big roles, so it’s one of those rare moments in my career where I can actually do something big and important in my life, and it’s a wonderful feeling.”
Richard is currently rehearsing to play Atticus Finch starting Monday, August 15th. He said: “It’s going well. I have a little time, the panic has reached the basement and I kind of want to grab the back of a raging bear now!”
The show also stars Harry Atwell (Mr. Cunningham/Boe Radley), Amanda Boxer (Mrs. Henry Dubose), Bobby Lee Fryer (Mayella Yoo) Earl), John Hastings (Marshal) and Simon Hepworth (Mr Rothko/Dr Reynolds). Explaining the rehearsal process for the show that was already on the West End, the star actor said: “It was a rehearsal for the reverse because the show was already there, so I had to learn the moves first. So, I had my words, and then it was like, ‘You stand there, you go there, you leave there, you come there,’ and then I have to do all of that now. I’m really looking forward to being in front of the audience and making it feel like a whole, because at the moment it’s It’s a series of fragments.”
In front of an audience, he added. “It elevates your work strangely. It provides the missing piece. It takes it out of the realm of you and your self-awareness, and you’re suddenly gone, like, ‘This is actually my safety net, and The other actors are here with them.'”
While Richard is eager to get started, he admits he’s still nervous about his first performance. “I think the first night is going through the horror blanket that’s befalling you!”
He added: “I had that nightmare, which I think was pretty common, where I was on stage trying to hide the script from the audience.”
Talking about the big issues in To Kill a Mockingbird, Richard said: “The themes of the show are very powerful and sometimes harrowing. So I don’t think you can accept it in a way. But We’re telling a story, and it’s important, in the words of Aaron Sorkin, that we “kill it.” We just have to tell the story.”
When Ricky asked Richard what Aaron Sorkin meant by that statement, he explained, “Don’t play with emotion, and don’t play with tragedy or comedy. Just play. The script is really smooth, economical, and well written. It’s concise. So we don’t need to do anything. We don’t need to do more polish than the prep work we do. We brought it and we’re telling the story.”
Richard is best known for his roles as Father Faust Blackwood on the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Jeff Murdoch on the sitcom “The Encounter.” He also plays Aberforth Dumbledore in the 2022 film Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secret. On getting involved in the wizarding world, he said: “It’s absolutely wonderful. Again, it’s one of those things where you pinch yourself because I’ve always wanted to be a part of it, and what’s been really good for me is that I can Play an original character from Potter’s original book.”
For tickets and information on To Kill a Mockingbird, visit www.tokillamockingbird.co.uk.
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