Darlington Community Production 2016

Darlington Community Production 2016

20 September 2016

Follow our blog as Darlington Civic Theatre closes for refurbishment and stages its own community production of A Tale of Two Cities.

Hello and welcome to our Darlington blog! We'll be sharing updates from the beginning of the creative process through to the production's performances at the Darlington Central Hall on 19 - 20 November 2016.

Darlington Civic Theatre is currently closed for restoration until autumn 2017 when they'll re-open as Darlington Hippodrome following a multi-million-pound investment. Learn more about the changes and other performances taking place in other venues during closure on their website www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk 


The extravagant set and costume designs have been revealed!

Twenty of the volunteers who are involved in the production of costumes were presented with detailed sketches and ideas by professional theatre designer Sarah Jane Booth who explained her vision.

Sarah also revealed her set design model to the thirty-strong community cast along with the production’s director, Eduard Lewis. The multi-layered set will encompass the entire floor-space of Central Hall and is designed to transport the audience through the story jumping between London and Paris during the French Revolution.

“The set design is absolutely amazing, I’ve never seen anything like it before. It’s made me even more excited about being in the production, and I can’t wait to get my fabulous costume.” 
Laura Morrison, Community Cast Member

Creative team with the model of the set

Sketches for the costume designs

19 August 2016 - AUDITIONS UPDATE ...A SHORTAGE OF MEN by Lynda Winstanley

Following a first round of auditions, a few key roles still needed to be filled, so a second call out went out for people to audition, especially for male roles (as always a distinct shortage of men!). As part of the PR for the second set of auditions Daniel Copeland and Sam Bradshaw who had already been cast in the roles of Jerry and Madame Defarge, took part in a photo call in Darlington’s branch of Waterstones leafing through a copy of A Tale of Two Cities.  There was again a very good response to the call out and on 14 August a lively bunch of auditionees enjoyed an exciting but tiring day led by director Ed Lewis, associate director Katy Weir and the theatre’s Lyndsey Middleton.  We hope to confirm the full cast list shortly and rehearsals begin in September for the production.  That’s when the really hard work/fun begins!

5 August 2016 - SET DESIGN SNAPS

Set design snaps. Do these show where the audience will sit?


As Darlington Civic Theatre closes for refurbishment, the citizens of Darlington are creating their own community production of A Tale of Two Cities led by director, Eduard Lewis who is also assisting James Dacre on the professional production touring TCTC's own venues in the Autumn.    

The production will feature a community cast of 30 actors alongside a professional production team. The production will be staged in the atmospheric setting of Darlington’s Central Hall, where Dickens himself read on 21 September 1858 and again in the autumn of 1861.

The search now begins for the community cast who will take to the stage on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2016. Are you interested in getting involved? If so, auditions are taking place in Darlington and are open to all aged 16 and over. 


How to get involved

Auditions take place on Sunday 17 July 2016 and will take the form of a fun, energetic workshop.

Email Lyndsey Middleton or call her on 01325 405510

We are thrilled to be assisting the team at Darlington Civic Theatre to present this ambitious project for three performances only. For more information about this production and tickets, visit Darlington Civic Theatre or contact the Box Office directly  01325 486555.

Darlington Civic Theatre is currently closed for restoration until autumn 2017 when they re-open as Darlington Hippodrome following a multi-million-pound investment. You can find more information on their 'Blog' and 'Support Us' sections of their website and details of their performances taking place in other venues during the closure.