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‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Premieres in August

First national tour of critically acclaimed, record-breaking production stars Emmy Award® winner Richard Thomas.

The history-making production of To Kill A Mockingbird makes its Nashville premiere at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall August 9 – 14, 2022. Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin’s new play, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, comes to Nashville as part of a multi-year national tour across North America.

Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas, who recently celebrated a 60-year anniversary of performing on both stage and screen, will play the role of Atticus Finch. Additional casting will be announced later.

Set in Alabama in 1934, Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. The cast of characters includes Atticus’s daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker, Calpurnia, their visiting friend Dill, and a mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley. The other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama, are Bob Ewell, Tom Robinson, prosecutor Horace Gilmer, Judge Taylor, and Mayella Ewell.

To Kill A Mockingbird holds the record as the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history. It began performances on Nov. 1, 2018, at the Shubert Theatre and played to sold-out houses until the Broadway shutdown in March 2020. On Feb. 26, 2020, the show became the first-ever Broadway play to perform at New York’s Madison Square Garden in front of approximately 18,000 New York City public school students, also marking the largest attendance at a single performance of a play ever in world theater. The production resumed performances on Oct. 5, 2021, and concluded its run at the Shubert Theatre on Jan. 16, 2022. The production is set to resume performances at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre with Greg Kinnear as Atticus Finch in summer 2022. A production in London’s West End is currently running at the Gielgud Theatre starring Rafe Spall.

Richard Thomas Biography:

Richard Thomas (Atticus Finch) last appeared on Broadway in the revival of “The Little Foxes,” for which he received a Tony Award nomination. He has been seen in acclaimed performances on stage including “You Can’t Take It with You,” “Race,” “Democracy,” “Incident at Vichy” (Drama Desk Award nomination), “The Stendhal Syndrome” (Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), “A Naked Girl on the Appian Way,” “An Enemy of the People,” “Tiny Alice,” “The Front Page,” “The Fifth of July,” innumerable Shakespeare productions, and his professional debut at seven years old in “Sunrise at Campobello” on Broadway. He was last seen on national tour in the award-winning productions of “The Humans” (Elliot Norton Award) and “Twelve Angry Men.” Thomas is an Emmy Award-winning actor beloved for his performance in the iconic series “The Waltons.” His feature film performances include Frank Perry’s “Last Summer,” James Goldstone’s “Red Sky at Morning,” James Bridges’ “September 30, 1955,” Curtis Hanson’s “Wonder Boys,” Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock,” and Nora Fingscheidt’s “The Unforgivable” (Netflix). He is best known to contemporary television audiences for his work in the critically renowned series “The Americans” as well as his appearances on “Billions,” the limited series “Tell Me Your Secrets,” and the Netflix series “Ozark.”

For more information, visit tokillamockingbirdbroadway.com and follow the show on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Single tickets for To Kill A Mockingbird are on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and in person at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060. Patrons are encouraged to have tickets delivered to the TPAC Concierge App.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 3-year-old Ezra.