Notting Hill actor Rhys Ifans has signed on to play Atticus Finch in the West End production of To Kill A Mockingbird.
Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel arrives at the Gielgud Theatre next May with Ifans cast in the central role of a small-town lawyer tasked with defending a local black man wrongly accused of rape.
One of American literature’s towering symbols of integrity and righteousness, the role of Atticus Finch was famously portrayed on screen by Gregory Peck, and most recently on Broadway by three-time Tony nominee Jeff Daniels. The Broadway production of To Kill A Mockingbird currently stars Ed Harris (Apollo 13, The Truman Show, West World).
Ifans theatre credits include Exit the King at the National Theatre, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and the Fool alongside Glenda Jackson in King Lear, both at the Old Vic. He is currently starring in On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court
Produced by Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman, the play is directed by Barlett Sher with set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Ann Roth, sound design by Scott Lehrer, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, and an original score by Adam Guettel.
To Kill A Mockingbird will open at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End in May 2021.
UPDATE: A previous version of this article stated To Kill A Mockingbird would open in May 2020, this has been updated to reflect the show was postponed and will now run from 21 May 2021 until 31 October 2021.