The Review: It takes a short while for this stage adaptation of the much-loved book to get going but, once it does, it grips you. Narrated by readers of all the different editions of the book who then become the characters, it’s a risky device but one which largely works. The cast are uniformly excellent (and, my goodness, has kids that can actually act!) and the staging/lighting conveys well the heat-drenched town which has to decide the fate of a black man accused of rape. It’s a fairly long play and at times plodding but I’d call it a success.
The Verdict: A good adaptation; a good way to kill two and a half hours.
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