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Richard Thomas to Star in National Tour of To Kill a Mockingbird

Aaron Sorkin's play based on the Harper Lee novel will go cross-country.

Richard Thomas will star in the national tour of To Kill a Mockingbird.
(© David Gordon)

Emmy winner Richard Thomas (The Waltons) will star in the national tour of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted for the stage by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher. The tour will kick off August 25, 2020, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and will continue for two years.

Thomas will take on the role of Atticus Finch. "I'm thrilled to have been invited to play Atticus Finch," Thomas said in a statement. "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 Broadway production, which began performances November 1 and opened December 13 at the Shubert Theatre, has played to 100 percent capacity or greater since the start of its run, breaking box office records for the venue four times over. It is now the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history.

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