Literary classic comes to the stage

Duncan Preston and Gemma Rowe
Duncan Preston and Gemma Rowe

HARPER Lee’s international bestselling novel To Kill A Mockingbird takes to the stage at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from March 15 to 19.

Dramatised by Christopher Sergel, this brand new production is directed by Damian Cruden and stars well-known TV actor Duncan Preston as local attorney Atticus Finch, the role made famous in the 1962 film version by Gregory Peck.

An international bestseller, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece To Kill A Mockingbird is a 20th century classic, celebrating its 50th birthday this year and is as pertinent today as when it was written, exploring issues of race and morality through the enquiring eyes of a child.

Duncan Preston’s previous television credits include Emmerdale, Coronation Street, dinnerladies, Harry Enfield and Acorn Antiques. Theatre credits include the musical version of Acorn Antiques, The Mentalists, Guys and Dolls (at the National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (at the Royal Shakespeare Company).

A social drama, To Kill A Mockingbird is set in Maycomb, Alabama, against the backdrop of America during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

This beautifully written tale is run through with dark and violent undertones. The story of the ill-fated Tom Robinson unfolds as Scout Finch and her brother Jem take their first steps towards adulthood, coming face to face with the ingrained hypocrisy and prejudice that surrounds them.

Harper Lee’s only novel, To Kill A Mockingbird has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and has touched the lives of many. Harper Lee turns 80 this year but remains elusive despite much being made of her life and achievements in recent films such as Capote, where Catherine Keener was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of the author, and Infamous, which stars Sandra Bullock in the role of Harper Lee.

Tickets to see this eagerly-awaited production at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, are £12 to £26 (plus concessions) and are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.