A Tale Of Two Cities at Royal & Derngate

Yolanda Kettle and Joshua Silver
Yolanda Kettle and Joshua Silver

The chaos of the French Revolution provides a backdrop for a family’s intense personal drama in a Dickens’ classic, set to take to the Royal & Derngate stage in Northampton tomorrow.

The theatre’s latest Made in Northampton production will be a depiction of the epic novel A Tale Of Two Cities, which the author once called “the best story I have ever written”.

A spokeswoman said: “In an age when governments across the world seem impotent in the face of increasing unrest, this new dramatic adaptation by Mike Poulton, whose most recent credits include Fortune’s Fool at the Old Vic, and Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies for the Royal Shakespeare Company, seems more relevant than ever.

“Directed by Royal & Derngate’s artistic director, James Dacre, the play includes rousing original music by Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman. Movement direction is by Struan Leslie. It will feature one of the largest acting companies to ever appear on the Royal stage.”

The cast includes Olivier Award-winning actress Abigail McKern (who appeared in TV’s Rumpole Of The Bailey). Playing the role of Sydney Carton is Downton Abbey’s Oliver Dimsdale. The ensemble company of 10 will perform alongside a large chorus drawn from the local community.

A Tale Of Two Cities can be seen from Friday, February 21 to Saturday, March 15, with performances at 7.45pm (7pm on Tuesday, February 25) and matinees most Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost from £10 to £29. For booking details, see www.royalandderngate.co.uk.