To Kill a Mockingbird hits West End stage

A new play based on Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird will hit the West End next year.
A new play based on Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird will hit the West End next year.

To Kill A Mockingbird, a new play based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is hitting the West End.

The drama, based on Harper Lee's famous book, was scripted by The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin.

The production will open at London's Gielgud Theatre next year, the 60th anniversary of the book's publication.

Lee's story of racial injustice and childhood innocence, set in Alabama in 1934, has sold 45 million copies around the world.

The US novelist, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, died in 2016 at the age of 89.

Sorkin won an Oscar for his screenplay for The Social Network and is also known for films such as Steve Jobs.

The play, which notched up box office records on Broadway, will open at London's Gielgud Theatre in May 2020.

Australian Associated Press