A Tale of Two Cities


Dickens considered his novel, A Tale of Two Cities “the best story I have ever written.” Interweaving one family’s intensely personal drama with the terror and chaos of the French Revolution, it is an epic story of love, sacrifice and redemption amidst horrific violence and world changing events.

In an age when governments across the world seem impotent in the face of increasing unrest, this bold new dramatic adaptation by Mike Poulton (Fortune’s Fool, Old Vic; Wolf Hall, RSC) set to rousing original music by Oscar- winning composer Rachel Portman (The Cider House Rules, Beloved) seems more relevant than ever. It will feature one of the largest acting companies to ever appear on the Royal’s stage.

★ ★ ★ ★ The Observer  
“Dickensian symmetries, polarities and ironies – the best and worst of times – are keenly reflected in this splendid production.”

★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian 
 “the dynamism of James Dacre's staging”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ StageReview.co.uk
“a stunning series of tableaux and arresting visual moments”

Daily Telegraph 
"James Dacre hits the ground running with his compelling inaugural production."

The Independent
“assured, and highly watchable”

The Stage
“This hugely handsome production of Dickens’ classic”

Libby Purves 
"wonderful theatre"


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