To Kill a Mockingbird

Following a sell-out run on Broadway, Aaron Sorkin's new play based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird is coming to London. The production, which will star acclaimed actor Rhys Ifans, opens at the Gielgud Theatre.


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Originally named the Hicks Theatre in honour of actor, manager and playwright Seymour Hicks, the venue opened in 1906 as a pair with the Queen's Theatre. Later, the building was renamed the Globe Theatre and then the Gielgud Theatre in 1997, in honour of actor John Gielgud.

First opening with Hicks' musical The Beauty of Bath (1906), the theatre has housed countless successful productions, establishing its name as one of the most prolific playhouses in the West End. Early productions included operetta A Waltz Dream (1908), Noel Coward's Fallen Angels (1925), The Improper Duchess (1931), starring Yvonne Arnaud, The Importance of Being Earnest (1939), starring and directed by John Gielgud, The Lady's Not for Burning (1949), with Richard Burton in a supporting role and A Man for All Seasons (1960), starring Paul Scofield, amongst many more.

Throughout the late 20th century, the venue hosted productions such as A Season of Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage (1976), The Rear Column (1978), starring Jeremy Irons, Noel Coward's Design for Living (1982), starring Vanessa Redgrave and a long run of Daisy Pulls It Off (1983). In 1987, Maggie Smith starred in Lettuce and Loveage, Alan Ayckbourn's Man of the Moment premiered in 1990 and Design for Living was revived in 1995, starring Rachel Weisz.

The Gielgud steadily began to expand, housing musicals as well as short-running plays. Denise Van Outen starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday (2003), followed by Judi Dench in the RSC's All's Well That Ends Well (2004), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2004), starring Mackenzie Crook, Don Carlos (2005), starring Derek Jacobi, and Catherine Tate and David Schwimmer in Some Girls (2005).

Further notable productions include the heralded Equus (2007), starring Daniel Radcliffe, Macbeth (2007), starring Patrick Stewart, Tamsin Greig and Ralph Fiennes in God of Carnage (2008), Bill Bailey's Tinselworm (2008) and Alison Steadman in Alan Bennett's Enjoy (2009). Hit musicals Avenue Q (2009) and Hair (2010) followed. Other major productions include Yes, Prime Minister (2010), with David Haig, The Ladykillers (2011) and the award-winning Chariots of Fire (2012).

In 2013, Helen Mirren starred in an acclaimed production of The Audience, following on from her lauded performance in blockbuster The Queen. Noel Coward's Private Lives (2013) followed, starring Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens, which was then replaced with a stage adaptation of Strangers on a Train (2013), starring Laurence Fox. 2014 saw Angela Lansbury return to the stage in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.

Following a balcony collapse at the Apollo Theatre, the National Theatre's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in 2014, where it continued to play until June 2017. Following this, Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman landed at the venue, fresh from a sold-out run at the Royal Court, directed by Sam Mendes.

After extending to May 2018, The Ferryman transferred to Broadway, and was replaced by the RSC's thrilling two-part play Imperium. Imperium I: Conspirator and Imperium II: Dictator play in rep, followed by a revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company, starring Patti LuPone and Rosalie Craig.

In June 2019, Lynn Nottage's play Sweat transferred from the Donmar Warehouse for a limited 50 performance run. In August, long-running show Les Miserables played for sixteen weeks whilst its home, the newly-named Sondheim Theatre, underwent refurbishment. The production was a fully-staged concert edition, starring Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher, and Matt Lucas.

Conor McPherson's The Girl From the North Country returned to the West End at the Gielgud Theatre in December 2019, following a successful run in North America. The play features the music of Bob Dylan. In February, Ben Elton adapted his critically acclaimed Shakespearean sitcom, Upstart Crow for the stage, starring comedian David Mitchell and Gemma Whelan.

Past Shows

Upstart Crow
(closed 25 Apr 2020)
Girl from the North Country
(closed 1 Feb 2020)

Sweat OT Small
(closed 20 Jul 2019)
(closed 30 Mar 2019)
Imperium I: Conspirator
(closed 8 Sep 2018)

Imperium II: Dictator
(closed 8 Sep 2018)
The Ferryman
(closed 19 May 2018)

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Blithe Spirit
(closed 7 Jun 2014)
Stranges on a Train 100x150
Strangers On A Train
(closed 22 Feb 2014)
Private Lives 100x150
Private Lives
(closed 21 Sep 2013)