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A Tale of Two Cities + director Q&A – at the King’s Head

“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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, somehow ended up with a ticket on a wrong day. When booking in person receipt with show date is a must. Lesson well learned.

    October 17, 2013

    • Jane

      Sorry to hear it Egor - hope you can see the play before it finishes in any case

      October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm stuck on a train back from Wolverhampton and I'm not going to make it back in time :( hopefully I'll make it to another meet up. Enjoy the play it sounds great.

    October 17, 2013

    • Jane

      Sorry to miss you Kat - see you another time

      October 18, 2013

  • Fusun F.

    Hi Jane,

    I am afraid I will have to skip that one, but looking forward to joining for the next ones.

    Thanks so much,

    Fusun

    October 16, 2013

    • Jane

      Thanks Fusun for letting me know - see you another time then

      October 16, 2013

  • monica

    Hi there Jane, Iv seen this play & ur in for a treat, been away so avnt been able to go to many meet ups. Hope ur all good

    October 12, 2013

    • Jane

      So pleased to hear it Monica - hope all's well, see you another time

      October 13, 2013

  • marie

    Hi Jane, just booked F4. See you there! m

    October 12, 2013

    • Jane

      Glad you're coming Marie - see you soon!

      October 13, 2013

  • Nicola

    Hi there - I've booked E4, looking forward to meeting you all there

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • claire

    Hi Jane, I think I booked D4, looking forward to seeing the play - and the group again!

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • michael m.

    Have booked X2 for E14/15. Last play attended with I&HT&C: "Thark" @ Park Theatre.

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Kevin

    Booked seat D4. Looking forward to the play.

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Gabriela

    Bought a ticket, will be sitting opposite you guys at row C.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! I've just booked a ticket and will be in seat d8. Look forward to meeting you all!

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Jane

    I've now bought tickets for seats D5, D6, D7 for Anita, Stephen and me. I'll be in touch closer to the date with details about meeting up before the play.

    September 13, 2013

  • Michelle

    Would love to have come along, but I am away that day.

    September 12, 2013

    • Jane

      Sorry to miss you Michelle

      September 13, 2013

  • Hilary

    Would have loved to go to this but can't do that day :(

    September 13, 2013

    • Jane

      Sorry to miss you Hilary

      September 13, 2013

  • stephen

    Thank Jane, just paid for my ticket by paypal
    Thanks for doing the booking and see you then
    Stephen Nick

    September 12, 2013

  • Anita

    Hi Jane, I've just paid and would love you to book me a ticket. It sounds great!
    Ax

    September 12, 2013

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