I am very sorry to report that due to circumstances beyond our control we have no choice but to cancel our production of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Over the past several weeks we have been caught up a legal dispute between Rudinplay in New York, the estate of Harper Lee, and Dramatic Publishing. The Grand Theatre licensed the rights for To Kill a Mockingbird from Dramatic Publishing, who owns the rights to the original stage version of Harper Lee’s beloved novel. Dramatic Publishing’s right to license the original version of the stage adaptation is being contested by Rudinplay who holds the rights to the revised version of the play currently running on Broadway.
Please believe me that we have exhausted every effort to overcome these obstacles and present our production, but under the threat of substantial legal action from Rudinplay we have had to cancel the show. The Grand Theatre Foundation itself, as I’m sure you are aware, is not in any kind of position to fight such an exhausting legal battle.
Our box office will be reaching out to all those who have purchased tickets to issue refunds. The Grand has always held itself to a high standard of quality and professionalism. We sincerely hope this will not tarnish our relationship with any of our patrons, who we value dearly.
The Grand Theatre