I have seen movies transferred to the theatre and nine times out of ten heard that the book is better than the movie. Tonight I was seeing my ‘all time’ favourite book come to life on stage. How would this adaptation from Christopher Sergel plan out? Amazing would be my answer to that.
I was sat at the middle of the highest row possible. Before the show I was disappointed at this, as I like to be as close to the action as possible. However, after the opening lines of Scouts account of this particular summer is read out, I think I had one of the best seats in the house.
Everything about this production is amazing. The castings of Scout (Jemima Bennett), Jem (Harry Bennett) and Dill (Leo Heller) allow us to see things through innocent child eyes, as the book also does very well. What I did not know beforehand is that real-life brother and sister play Scout and Jem. However, I do not think this would have made any difference to their delivery.
I really thought we were going to get a play attending this production. But we were drawn into a simple spectacle. It was not only the clever production of staging and lighting in each scene but also the added musical elements that bring it altogether. Musician Luke Potter with guitar and toe tapping who also acts as narrator and character Link Deas cleverly does this. So many scenes were acted amazingly. I could give a list but I will stick with this: The ‘ham’ scene. Get a ticket and you will see what I mean.
I honestly cannot fault this production. From being a huge fan of the book I was going to read it again before seeing it on stage but I decided not to. This was a good decision as now I am so excited to read it all over again feeling the same sense of Summer in Maycomb through the eyes of Scout and listen to the mockingbird sing.
To Kill A Mockingbird at the Theatre Royal runs until Saturday 25thApril to a sell-out audience. You will be lucky to get a single ticket or returns but please try your luck.
This review was written by Victoria Ling for Jowheretogo PR (www.jowheretogo.com). Follow Victoria on twitter @LilVik or follow her photography on Facebook (www.facebook.com/137imaging)