27-31 January 2015
Reviewed by Cath Ford
I had never been to the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield before and was really looking forward it. I have a bit of a passion for ‘older’ theatres and the Lyceum certainly doesn’t disappoint.
It’s easy to find local parking and you can find plenty of great places for a pre-show bite to eat. The theatre and staff are welcoming and friendly, we were greeted very warmly at the box office and we’d arrived in good time for a drink before the play started.
We took our (very roomy and comfortable seats) in an auditorium packed with students studying the book as a set text and as the lights dimmed we were drawn into the world of Atticus, Jem and Scout Finch in a surprising and intimate way.
The story is set in America’s Deep South and is a tale of how racial injustice impacts on the residents of the small town of Maycomb, Alabama in the mid-thirties. It raises question about compassion, courage, honour – what we think, how we act and what we owe our communities.
Through clever use of a minimalist set design we become part of the community of Maycomb and ultimately the jury, watching as the cast take on multiple roles and draw us through the story, effortlessly changing character and interspersing scenes from the book with passages narrated all weaved together with atmospheric live music played on stage. The production was flawless, completely engaging and relevant.
If you know the story, you’ll see it with fresh eyes through this imaginative production and if you don’t, this is an excellent way to discover it for the first time.
While it’s hard to single out any one element of this production as the best, credit has to be given to the performances by the younger cast members who are pivotal in the story and were every bit as good as the adult performers.
We spent the best part of our journey home discussing the play, the production and the impact it had on us, I always think that it is the measure of a great story that has been well produced. It will stay with us for a long time.
I would not hesitate to recommend a trip the Lyceum in Sheffield, warm, welcoming and well worth the trip.
Tickets cost from £11 to £26 (plus £1.50 transaction fee).
To Kill a Mockingbird is at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield until 31 January 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA | Box Office 0114 249 6000