Gielgud Theatre

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To Kill A Mockingbird

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4.8/5 - based on 20 reviews
  • Booking until: Saturday, 17 December 2022
  • Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes (One interval)
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About To Kill A Mockingbird

Performance Times
  • Booking until: Saturday, 17 December 2022
  • Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes (One interval)
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed 14:30 19:30
Thu - 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:00 19:00
Sun - -

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To Kill a Mockingbird – A Classic at the Gielgud Theatre

Were you one of the millions of British children who read To Kill A Mockingbird at school, perhaps as one of your O'Level texts? Maybe you've seen the 1963 film starring Gregory Peck, directed by Robert Mulligan with screenplay by Horton Foote? It's a classic of its times and still stands as an unusually brilliant movie, even though it was made in black and white at a time when colour movie technology was readily available. The book is loved by millions, the movie still thrills us when it turns up on TV, now it's time for the stage play... and it's on the way to London for the first time.

To Kill a Mockingbird, transfers from Broadway to the Gielgud theatre for Spring 2020, following a smash hit Broadway run that garnered the show an awe-inspiring nine nominations for Tony awards. Thanks to Aaron Sorkin’s brand new production thousands more of us will be able to experience a plot that has fascinated and delighted readers and audiences for almost a century... so far.

When it was first published Harper Lee’s incredible novel won the Pulitzer Prize. It also proved controversial in an America whose southern states still segregated black from white until fairly recently, remaining shockingly racist for far too long. And it ended up on plenty of banned book lists for many years as a result. In fact this story has a long history of censorship, coming seventh place in the American Library Association’s top ten most challenged and banned books list for 2017, challenged for its honest depictions of the violence, offensive language and racism of the time when it was set.

The plot was inspired by the author's own childhood in Alabama and follows Atticus Finch and his six year old daughter, Scout. Atticus Finch is one of the great heroes of American literature, an impressive symbol of honesty and compassion in a cruel world, in a racist town where the residents seem to reject compassion at every turn.

This isn't the first time the book has been adapted. There have been multiple stage adaptations as well as the Academy Award-winning film and the one by Christopher Sergel, which played the UK from 2006 on and off until 2014. But this new version sees things in a fresh light. Atticus is no longer the shining beacon of goodness we all know and love, and we'll leave it at that so we don't spoil it for you!

No wonder this play has gathered nine Tony nominations, winning one for Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play, and has also won a Drama Desk Award plus an Outer Critics Circle Award. It's totally amazing. The cast? To Kill a Mockingbird London stars Rhys Ifans for definite, the rest will be announced nearer the time.

Who is this show for? When a previous version played at The Barbican in 2015 there was an age limit of 7 or more, which seems sensible bearing in mind the story and the context.

Next Performances for To Kill A Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre

today17th Aug 2022 2:00pm
today17th Aug 2022 2:30pm
today17th Aug 2022 7:00pm
today17th Aug 2022 7:30pm
tomorrow18th Aug 2022 7:00pm
tomorrow18th Aug 2022 7:30pm

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To Kill A Mockingbird reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 20 reviews

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Latest customer reviews

Reviewed on 07 August 2022 by , London, United Kingdom


To Kill A Mockingbird has been one of my favorite books for many years, and I have been a fan of Aaron Sorkin since my many rewatches of “The West Wing.” This play takes the themes and plot of the book and presents it in such an engaging way. It’s truly a must see. The acting was superb. I’ve seen a lot of shows and this is by far one of the best. Excellent work.

Reviewed on 04 August 2022 by , Columbus, United States Of America



Reviewed on 22 July 2022 by , Donegal, Ireland

Great show

Reviewed on 09 July 2022 by , Stuttgart, Germany

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I really liked it.

Reviewed on 06 July 2022 by , Plymouth, United Kingdom

Great emotive story

Reviewed on 25 June 2022 by , Belfast, United Kingdom


Great adaptation. Rafe Spall was amazing, and all acting very good. Must see!

Reviewed on 16 June 2022 by , Grande Prairie, Canada

Fantastic show

We visited the show - two adults and two teenagers (14/13) we all absolutely loved it, fantastic acting all round and even though Ralf Spall was not in it, the main character was superb - wonderful show

Reviewed on 03 June 2022 by , Harrogate, United Kingdom


Great show with added humour but never losing the importance of the plot

Reviewed on 29 May 2022 by , March, United Kingdom

To Kill a Mocking Bird

On stage pianist blocks the view for those at the right hand side in the stalls front rows.

Reviewed on 27 May 2022 by , Lifford, Ireland

Wonderful and powerful performance

Reviewed on 26 May 2022 by , Black Earth, United States Of America

Wonderful acting but Sorkin is a little too preachy

The acting, set design and costumes were outstanding. I loved the self-referential narrative by the three kids who were wonderfully engaging. I didn't enjoy Aaron Sorkin’s revisions of the script that hit the audience over the head with the moral. The novel does it so much better. Calpurnia’s criticisms of Atticus were incredibly jarring as was Bob Ewell’s intellectual comments about race and America generally. You can't put 2022 sensibility into 1930s characters’ mouths.

Reviewed on 18 May 2022 by , Newtownards, United Kingdom

True to the book

Reviewed on 11 May 2022 by , Grantown-on-spey, United Kingdom

Beautiful enhancement of the original book

I saw this play last night. I appreciated the multifaceted black characters (they were more active than in Harper Lee’s book, as I remember it) and the total relevance to today’s race relations and gender expectations. Very moving, as I’d expect from Aaron Sorkin, because it’s so well-acted and it’s creatively done — but not so creative that the time it’s set in can be forgotten.

Reviewed on 27 April 2022 by , San Francisco, United States Of America


Reviewed on 16 April 2022 by , Bristol, United Kingdom


I haven’t been to a play for decades (my bad) - usually musicals. I left this production stunned. It was magnificent, absolutely magnificent. It made me think ‘if you want to see proper acting’ this is it’. Stunning performances. And I should have known it would be a good production if Mr Sorkin was involved but it blew me away. Breathtakingly brilliant. And the sets! Wow! Genius, absolute genius. An experience I’ll never forget. Thank you all so much, congratulations to everyone involved.

Reviewed on 10 April 2022 by , Ashford, United Kingdom

Must see

Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by , Cascais, Portugal

Amazing. Must see

So enjoyable. Fantastic production

Reviewed on 23 March 2022 by , Roscommon, Ireland

All Rise - all inspiring

The play was close to the original story of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird', yet a story for our time. The dramatic licence taken with the production made it very watchable for those who hadn't read the original text. The humour was an added dimension. The acting right across the board was superb.

Reviewed on 19 March 2022 by , Ballymoney, Co Antrim, Ni, United Kingdom

22 Feb
Phil Willmott


by Phil Willmott | Monday, February 22 2021, 21:02

To Kill a Mockingbird This is dramatization of one of the most powerful and widely read novels of the 20th Century. As a snap shot of racial tension in 1930's Alabama it's still widely taught as an introduction to the inequality and injustice Americans of colour still face today. It's also a storming court room drama, inhabited by vivid characters that will have you on the edge of your seat with suspense if you don't already know the outcome.

14 Jan
Phil Willmott

6 of the Best 2020 Shows You Should Book in Advance: Rhys Ifans in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

by Phil Willmott | Tuesday, January 14 2020, 20:10

To Kill a Mockingbird There are certain shows that you know will sell out fast either because of the title or the creative team and stars. In a series of 6 articles we report on the likely box-office smashes of the forth coming year so you can book in advance and not miss out. Use our search engine at the top of the page to find the perfect performance to suit you and get booking!

6 of the Best 2020 Shows You Should Book in Advance: Rhys Ifans in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
02 Jan
Stuart King

Critic Stuart King Looks Back on his 10 Favourite Productions of 2019

by Stuart King | Thursday, January 2 2020, 10:23

The Lehman Trilogy Play - London During a politically turbulent year, London has once again played host to an eclectic mix of theatrical productions and despite continuing monetary constraints, has enabled many and diverse creative talents, to flourish.

Among the plethora of new and revival plays and musicals at fringe and West End venues this year, here is this reviewer’s personal Top 10 which deserve mentioning.

Critic Stuart King Looks Back on his 10 Favourite Productions of 2019
06 Dec
Josephine Balfour-Oatts

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Harper Lee's seminal novel is set to take the West End by storm in 2020

by Josephine Balfour-Oatts | Friday, December 6 2019, 16:17

Kill Mockingbird photo.png Fresh from a hugely successful run on Broadway, Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird passes its torch to London's West End. An inital disturbance prior to its opening (a legal dispute concerning a breach of contract) has seen the endvaour plagued by controversy. What does spring 2020 hold for its UK cast? Be the first to find out - tickets go on general release today, Friday 6th December. 

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Harper Lee's seminal novel is set to take the West End by storm in 2020