To Kill a Mockingbird opens to rave reviews in the West End

After several delays, Aaron Sorkin’s much lauded Broadway adaptation has finally opened in London. To Kill a Mockingbird features Candida Caldicot as Musical Director. She also plays the organ in the show, alongside guitarist Frank Dawkins. Critics in the UK were equally impressed with the show, and it has attracted numerous 5-star reviews.

The Telegraph (*****) called the show “utterly riveting and revelatory” with much praise for Bartlett Sher’s direction, “this is one of those evenings when it’s impossible to see the joins between the vision of the script and the intricacy of the staging.”

The Evening Standard (*****) was equally enthusiastic about the show calling it “a powerfully uplifting theatrical event.” They also highlight the “soundtrack for bellows-organ and acoustic guitar played on stage by Candida Caldicot” which makes the whole show “both unbearably moving and surprisingly funny.”

The Guardian (****) praised Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation (“Aaron Sorkin finds effective ways in his confident adaptation, drawing out the lawyer’s moral inconsistencies without undermining his goodness completely”) and The Independent (****) claim the show has “real tragic, and political, heft” calling it “a tremendously effective adaptation.”

WhatsOnStage (****) calls the production “smooth [and] beautifully modulated” and TimeOut (****) defines it as “a smart and satisfying update of a work that remains rightly seared into our consciousness.”

To Kill a Mockingbird runs at the Gielgud Theatre until November. You can find more information relating to the show here.

Starring Rafe Spall, Harry Attwell, Amanda Boxer, Poppy Lee Friar, John Hastings, Simon Hepworth, Laura Howard, Lloyd Hutchinson, Gwyneth Keyworth, Tom Mannion, David Moorst, Pamela Nomvete, Jim Norton, Patrick O’Kane, Jude Owusu, harry Redding, David Sturzaker and Natasha Williams.

Adapted by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher. Music direction and organ by Candida Caldicot and guitar by Frank Dawkins. Scenic design by Miriam Buether and costume design by Ann Roth. Lighting design by Jennifer Tipton and sound design by Scott Lehrer. Original score by Adam Guettel.