To Kill a Mockingbird

MINI REVIEW: To Kill a Mockingbird, Theatre Royal

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of To Kill a Mockingbird is a fantastic adaptation of the Harper Lee classic novel. With the show coincidentally reaching Glasgow on the same week as the announcement of Go Set a Watchman, the play rekindled my love for Lee’s writing. The children are ultimately the stars of the show, with Jemima Bennett shining as the young Scout, yet it is undeniably an ensemble piece. The narration taken up by the many voices of the cast (with the tale still being told from the perspective of Scout – somewhat disorientating for the first few minutes) and the location superbly set during the opening sequence through a series of chalk drawings dominated by Scout’s tree and tire swing, the ensemble work as one, watching from the sidelines, aiding scene transitions or assisting with costume changes with a constant and admirable flow that was a pleasure to watch. The show fails to build the same tension surrounding Boo Radley as Scout’s original narration in the novel, but it is still an interesting viewing experience, thought-provoking and heart-warming. An initially rowdy crowd quietened to an engaged hush during the lengthy court scene, illustrating the timeless power of the tale and the captivating qualities of the production.