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A Time to Kill

Closed November 17, 2013

Rupert Holmes did an excellent job of translating it from the page to the stage!

John Grisham

Why See A Time to Kill?

The greatest courtroom drama of a generation is now the theatrical event of the season!

A Time to Kill is based on John Grisham's classic bestselling novel about a violent attack on a young black girl in a small, racially-divided Mississippi town. When the girl's father decides to take the law into his own hands, an ambitious and idealistic white lawyer steps in to take on the case and the family fight for justice.

The play is adapted for the stage by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) and directed by Ethan McSweeny (The Best Man). This production of A Time to Kill is also the first-ever John Grisham novel to be adapted for the stage. It premiered in pre-Broadway engagement in Washington, DC, in 2011 at the Arena Stage.

Emmy winning actor Tom Skerritt is set to make his Broadway debut in the production as Lucien Wilbanks. He stars alongside Patrick Page, Tonya Pinkins, and Chike Johnson.

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Previews from: 28 September 2013

Opening night: 20 October 2013


May not be suitable for younger audiences as the play contains sensitive subject matter.

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one interval

And before you stop reading

Please note: some of the images used are from the Washington DC production.

Cast and Creative


Sebastian Arcelus - Jake Brigance
John Douglas Thompson - Carl Lee Hailey
Tom Skerritt - Lucien Wilbanks
Patrick Page - Rufus Buckley
Tonya Pinkins - Gwen Hailey
Chike Johnson - Ozzie Walls
Ashley Williams - Ellen Roark
Dashiell Eaves - Pete Willard/DR Musgrove
J.R. Horne - Mr. Pate
John Procaccino - Drew Tyndale/WT Bass
Tijuana Ricks - Court Reporter
Lee Sellars - Cobb/Rhodeheaver/Grist
Fred Dalton Thompson - Judge Noose


Based on the book by John Grisham
Adapted by Rupert Holmes
Directed by Ethan McSweeny
Produced by Daryl Roth and Eva Price
Scenic Design by James Noone
Costume Design by David Woolard
Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter
Sound Design by Lindsay Jones
Projection Design by Jeff Sugg

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2 reviews, average rating: (3.8 Stars)

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Fletcher Brion: “John Grisham comes to Broadway! Yeah”

Went to the first preview - because I love John Grisham. This was a great... more

Anonymous: “A dissapointment”

Saw A Time To Kill Ocotber 5th. I thought Fred Thompson, who I could... more

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