“One of the darkest and most romantic of Dickens’s novels, A Tale of Two Cities was adapted for the stage by the dream-team of Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud, and now gets its world premiere in a daring production by King’s Head Theatre artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher.
“In a time when governments all over the world are facing down political unrest and fierce protests, this revolutionary story has never been more relevant.
“Retaining the thrill and tension of the French Revolutionary setting but merging it with a modern East London aesthetic, the production re-imagines Dickens’ dangerous and doomed antihero Sydney Carton as a member of the 27 Club (which includes Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse).
“The adaptation marries three of the finest artists in their own fields that England has ever known: Dickens the master story-teller, Rattigan the great playwright and Gielgud the mercurial actor. Gielgud intended to play both Sidney Carton and a number of other roles, and this production will realise that ambition – and show off the talents of an incredible team of performers – by having thirty characters played by just eight actors.” – from the King’s Head website
This performance includes a discussion session after the play with its director Adam Spreadbury-Maher and two of the cast. They will discuss the origin of the play, how it came to be staged at the King’s Head, and the adaptation by Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud from the novel and from their script to the King’s Head’s production. There will be time for questions from the audience.
I have arranged a discount for group members for our event; tickets are £16.25 rather than £20.50 for standard seats. The booking code to use is SEINE.
After an initial phase when I booked seats in a group for members who had prepaid for them, this option is now closed. If you would like to join us, you will need to book direct with the theatre. If you’re open to sitting next to another member, feel free to mention your seat number in the comments below, for group members who might want to book a neighbouring seat.
Please contribute £1 on arrival (to help defray the approx. £100 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks in advance.
In the days immediately prior, I’ll circulate details of arrangements to meet before the performance. There will be drinks at a nearby pub after the play (watch this space), for anyone who would like to stay on afterward for a conversation about the play.