Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Thomas, who recently celebrated a 60 year anniversary of performing on both stage and screen, will play the role of "Atticus Finch" in the National Tour of To Kill A Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin’s new play, directed by Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel.
The national tour of the Highest Grossing American Play in Broadway history will begin on August 25, 2020 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
In a statement, Mr. Thomas said, “I'm thrilled to have been invited to play Atticus Finch. To be entrusted with the opportunity of bringing one of our great American stories to our great American playhouses across the country is a privilege. The play has galvanized audiences with its timeliness and its timelessness, and to join the ranks of the tremendous Jeff Daniels and Aaron Sorkin in carrying on the legacy of Harper Lee is a great honor. I’m a very happy actor and I can’t wait to get started!”
To Kill a Mockingbird is the most nominated play of the season, receiving nine Tony Award nominations, including Best Actor in a Play, Best Director, Best Featured Actress in a Play, Best Featured Actor in a Play, Best Original Score, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, and Best Sound Design of a Play.
Further casting for the national tour will be announced at a later date.