Accomplished stage actor Daniel Betts, who last graced the stage of His Majesty Theatre in Aberdeen in a murder thriller last May, is set to return in the new year as the lead in Regent Park Open Air Theatre’s production of To Kill A Mockingbird.
He will play Atticus Finch in the world famous classic due to be staged at the city theatre for a week-long run from Monday, February 16, alongside Zackary Momoh as Tom Robinson and Christopher Akrill as Boo Radley while composer Phil King will perform the critically-acclaimed score.
As well as playing Tony Wendice in the UK tour of Dial M for Murder, Daniel’s previous theatre credits include Skylight (National Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company), Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic), The Great Game (Tricycle, NYC & US Tour) and The King’s Speech (Wyndham’s Theatre) and he has been seen on television in Criminal Justice, Law and Order and a Touch of Frost,
Co-star Christopher began his career as a dancer, working with Scottish Ballet and other companies, and his theatre credits include Dr Dee (Manchester International Festival) and Waiting for Godot (Munich). He has appeared on screen in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, The Muppets Most Wanted and ITV’s Mr Selfridge.
Fresh from appearing with the National Theatre in From Morning to Midnight and Sir Nicholas Hytner’s critically-acclaimed production of Othello, Zackary’s other stage credits include Palm, Wine and Stout (UK Tour) and The Bay (Young Vic). Zackary has also appeared on screen in Holby City, Doctors and Travel Express.
Phil, who composed and performed the score for the 2013 production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, has composed music for television, film and theatre and has released two albums to critical acclaim. Many of his tracks have been played on BBC Radio 2 by the likes of Bob Harris, Steve Lamacq and Alex Lester, as well as on regional BBC stations.
The full cast includes Geoff Aymer (the Rev Sykes), Victoria Bewick (Mayella Ewell), David Carlyle (Nathan Radley/Mr Gilmer), Jamie Kenna (Heck Tate), Susan Lawson Reynolds (Calpurnia) and Christopher Saul (Mrs Walter Cunningham/Judge Taylor). Jemima Bennett, Ava Potter and Rosie Boore with share the role of Scout while Harry Bennett, Arthur Franks and Billy Price will share the role of Jem. The role of Dill Harris will be shared by Leo Heller, Connor Brundish and Milo Panni.
Directed by Timothy Sheader, To Kill a Mockingbird originally opened Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2013 season to critical acclaim and sell out performances. Due to popular demand, it will return to conclude the 2014 season at the Open Air Theatre before heading out on its first UK tour. The tour begins on 15 September 2014 at Canterbury Marlowe Theatre and then will tour to Norwich, Malvern, Woking, Leicester, Cardiff, High Wycombe, Cambridge and Birmingham. Proving its success across every art form, the 1960 novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, followed by the film adaptation in 1962 which won three Oscars out of the eight it was nominated for.
Tickets for To Kill a Mockingbird at HMT are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre