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Robert Sean Leonard for To Kill A Mockingbird at Regent's Park

Robert Sean Leonard

Story by Jack Foley

FORMER House luminary Robert Sean Leonard is to play Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, the first production of the 2013 season at The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park.

The Tony award-winning American actor is best known for playing Dr James Wilson in the long-running medical series alongside Hugh Laurie.

He will take the lead role in Harper Lee’s story of a court case in the US that is marred by racism.

In book form, the novel won a Pulitzer Prize in 1960 and is widely regarded as a classic of American literature.

A film version, made in 1962 starring Gregory Peck as Finch and directed by Robert Mulligan, won three Oscars.

Artistic director Timothy Sheader will direct Christopher Sergel’s adaptation, which will open the 2013 season at Regent’s Park on May 16 (running until June 15, 2013).

Leonard will be joined by Richie Campbell (Tom Robinson), Simon Gregor (Bob Ewell), Hattie Ladbury (Ms Maude Atkinson), Rona Morison (Mayella Ewell), Joe Speare (Reverend Sykes) and Daniel Tuite (Boo Radley).

Eleanor Worthington-Cox, one of the original Matildas, will share the role of Scout.

Although better known for TV and film (he also memorably starred in Dead Poet’s Society) Leonard is no stranger to theatre having frequently performed on and off Broadway since 1986.

His stage work includes The Invention of Love (for which he won a Tony Award) and Long Day’s Journey Into Night (for which he was Tony nominated).

To Kill A Mockingbird marks Leonard’s return to the London stage for the first time in 22 years.