“To Kill a Mockingbird,” overseen by newly named executive producer Orin Wolf, will return to Broadway Oct. 5.
Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger, who were original cast members, will reprise their starring roles as Atticus Finch and Scout, respectively. Wolf, who produced “The Band’s Visit,” will supervise the production, following former lead producer Scott Rudin’s statement that he will “step back” from his Broadway productions following allegations of workplace harassment.
Barry Diller, a lead producer on the play, made the announcement Thursday. Wolf’s touring company, NETworks, had been hired to manage the show’s national tour.
The tour, initially announced to begin in August 2020, will now launch on March 27, 2022 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, N.Y. with Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch.
The London production, initially slated to open May 2020, will begin performances March 10, 2022, starring Rafe Spall.
The Broadway production will return to the Shubert Theatre, where it initially began performances on Nov. 1, 2018. Complete casting will be announced at a later date.
“I’m looking forward to the re-launch of the play under Orin Wolf’s leadership and I’m excited for the electricity that Jeff, Celia and the whole cast will be bringing to the Shubert Theatre,” playwright Aaron Sorkin said in the press release. “Mostly I’m looking forward to being back in our rehearsal room.”
Daniels and Keenan-Bolger, who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Scout, were with the production for the first year of its run, but initially left their roles in November 2019.
This is the second production led by Scott Rudin to announce a return without him at helm. “The Lehman Trilogy,” one of Rudin’s former projects with Barry Diller and David Geffen, recently announced Broadway dates in a run led by National Theatre and Neal Street Productions.
His other shows, “West Side Story” and “The Book of Mormon,” have yet to announce return dates.