Matthew Pattimore (Jem),Jacqueline Wood (Jean Louise), Duncan Preston (Atticus), Grace Rowe (Scout)

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“Mockingbirds… sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
The Touring Consortium Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal presented the The Pulitzer prize winning production.

by Christopher Sergel
based on the novel by
HARPER LEE

Directed by Damian Cruden

Starring  Duncan Preston as Atticus Finch

This most beloved and widely read Pulitzer Prize winner, now in it’s 50th year of publication, tells the extraordinary and unforgettable story of life in the American Deep South through the inquiring eyes of a child.

Brother and sister Jem and Scout Finch are growing up during the 1930s depression but their idyllic childhood innocence is shattered with the realisation that bigotry and prejudice rule in their small town of Maycomb, Alabama. When their father Atticus defends a young black man falsely accused of raping a white woman, the whole family become the target of gossip and abuse.

Set in America’s scorching Deep South at a time when racial tensions were at an all time high, the challenging and uncomfortable issues this classic addresses are as relevant today as they were when the book was first written.

Following his critically acclaimed performance in The Touring Consortium’s 2007 production of To Kill A Mockingbird, Duncan Preston is recreating his role as the iconic lawyer Atticus Finch. Duncan is probably best known for his recent appearance in Emmerdale, as well as the hugely popular tv series Dinner Ladies and Surgical Spirit and his starring role in the award winning musical Acorn Antiques with Victoria Wood.

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

“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)

THE ONE THING THAT DOESN’T ABIDE BY MAJORITY RULE IS A PERSON’S CONSCIENCE”  Atticus Finch