Why we're excited for To Kill A Mockingbird
By Zoe Grossman
Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, is coming to Richmond Theatre this May! The theatre is already buzzing with excitement as it makes its way from Regent's Park to our stage. Wonder what Richmond Theatre staff members have to say about the novel? Check out their thoughts below!
Richmond Staff Speak!
'It's a classic!'Shelagh Séjourné, Asha Gill, Lucy Matthews, Mharir Grealis, Holly Mirams
Holly Mirams, Administrator
'I read it three times. It was part of an exam, and I ended up loving it! A coming of age novel about race, justice, and injustice'
Asha Gill, Stage Door Receptionist
'It's still as pertinent today as a comment on social justice and racism, and we're all looking forward to Harper Lee's sequel.'
MhairiGrealis, Creative Learning Facilitator
'A compelling, gripping, and really solid story. The messages still ring true. There's injustice always.'
Shelagh Séjourné, Business and Community Development Officer
'To Kill A Mockingbird was one of the few books I had to read at school that really stuck with me. Growing up in the American South you study that part of history so much but nothing really brought it home as much as this novel because Scout is such a relatable and loveable character.'
Lucy Mathews, Marketing Assistant
A Classic Comes to Richmond
To Kill a Mockingbird pushes audiences to think about social justice, respect, open mindedness, equality, morality, and the importance of eliminating prejudice and minimising ignorance. We are all eagerly looking forward to seeing how these messages are portrayed on the stage in just a few short months.
What's next for Harper Lee?
Just last month, Harper Lee's publisher announced plans to publish a new novel titled, Go Set a Watchman. The novel was completed in the 1950's, before the classic To Kill a Mockingbird, but is set nearly twenty years later, featuring an aging Atticus finch and his grown daughter, Scout.
The New York Times writes, 'the novel... tackles the racial tensions brewing in the South in the 1950's and delves into the complex relationship between father and daughter.'
With this sequel novel due this summer, we have an incredibly exciting opportunity here at Richmond Theatre to see a production of the classic story this May.
We hope you will join us in experiencing Harper Lee's literary magic and Christopher Sergel's stunning stage adaptation when To Kill a Mockingbird takes the Richmond Theatre stage from Tuesday 12 May - Saturday 16 May, 2015.
'Some productions have the power effortlessly to win you over, and this enchanting heartfelt adaptation is one of them'
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