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“Mockingbirds … don`t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That`s why it`s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Touring Consortium and Watershed Productions

Written by Harper Lee
Dramatised by Christopher Sergal
Director Michael Buffong
Designer Simon Higlett
Associate Director Neale Birch
Designer Simon Higlett

To Kill A Mockingbird is a tale of moral duty, humanity and respect, observed with brilliant clarity through the restless and enquiring eyes of a child.

Brother and sister Jem and Scout are growing up in the Deep South during the 1930s depression. Their idyllic childhood is jolted with the realisation that prejudice and bigotry rule in their small redneck town – and probably everywhere else too. Their father Atticus, a liberal and principled lawyer, is one rare rock of decency in this intolerant world. When he is asked to defend a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman, the whole family become the target of gossip and abuse.

The issues that the play throws up are challenging and uncomfortable and are just as resonant today. In the complacent, small-town world of MaycombAlabama, exactly what is the colour of justice?

Harper Lee`s novel is an American classic, as evocative of its age as it is timelessly relevant. The truth of its story-telling and an array of vividly drawn characters make it an enduringly popular work on the page, on film, and now on the stage.

Cast Includes
Anita Booth, Stephen Casey, Christopher Chilton, Tor Clark, Andrea Harris, Richard Heap, Bettrys Jones, Andrew Kwame, Ged McKenna, Vinta Morgan, Phil Mulryne, Charity Or, Jean-Marc Perret, Duncan Preston, Charlie Roe, Helen Ryan, Joe Speare, Sally Tatum, Craig Vye

 “This excellent production handles the complex, adult themes of racial hatred and social division boldly and competently.  An enjoyable, engaging and thought-provoking production.”

“a triumph”
Yorkshire Post

 “Damian Cruden’s coolly stylish production condenses into terse, taut brilliance.”
The Observer 

“the second [act] is every bit worthy of the celebrated theatrical decree — spellbinding … compelling …. a powerful story very well told.”
 The Times 

“highly enjoyable”
“Duncan Preston  … brings a powerful moral force to the part”
The Independent 

“Expectations are always high when ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is on stage because there is so much affection for the book. This staging will not disappoint.”
The Stage 

“Cruden’s direction created a wonderful and thought provoking evening of theatre”
 The Yorker 

‘Duncan Preston is outstanding as Atticus’
The Guardian on the The Touring Consortium’s 2007 production of To Kill a Mockingbird

‘Preston’s towering performance as Atticus’

Yorkshire Post (2007 production)