Mockingbird play set for Broadway after Harper Lee estate settles dispute

Lawyers for the late novelist, and for producers of Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation, have agreed a deal that will allow the show to open in December

Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird is set to go ahead in December, after the estate of Harper Lee and the play’s producers “amicably settled” their lawsuits.

The late author’s estate had filed a lawsuit in Alabama in March, claiming that Sorkin’s script made too many changes to Lee’s characters, in particular that of the lawyer Atticus Finch. According to the lawsuit, the estate had told producer Scott Rudin’s company Rudinplay that “for this classic, it is really important that any spin put on the characters, not least Atticus, does not contradict the author’s image of them”. It said that Lee herself portrayed Atticus as “a model of wisdom, integrity and professionalism”, citing an interview in which Sorkin called the ...