Harper Lee’s iconic novel To Kill A Mockingbird has been a stage favourite for many years. Recently, Aaron Sorkin has written a new adaptation which is to play in London.
The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee was first published in 1960 and was an instant smash success. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature .
The novel is semi autobiographical and is based around Lee’s childhood in the town of Monroeville, Alabama in 1936 when she was ten years old.
Such was the success of the novel that a motion picture in 1962 starring Gregory Peck which won three Oscars and was nominated for five more.
Prior to the current Aaron Sorkin adaptation, the novel was adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel.
Sorkin’s adaptation is not a literal translation of the novel but explores the characters outside of what was described in the novel. The Broadway production opened with Jeff Bridges playing Atticus Finch is now the most successful plays in Broadway history. In a record-breaking event, 18,000 students were invited to watch the Broadway play in a specially staged production at Madison Square Garden.