Search is on for the Two Cities Twelves

Search is on for the Two Cities Twelves

3 June 2016

We’re looking for nine teams of twelve amateur actors in cities and towns across the UK to play ensemble roles in the Touring Consortium Theatre Company’s autumn production of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.

Two Cities TwelveTouring in autumn 2016, Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is adapted by Mike Poulton and directed by James Dacre, Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate Northampton. 

We’re looking for nine teams of twelve amateur actors, six men and six women in each, to join our professional actors on stage during the week it plays at their local theatre. Neale Birch, Associate Producer, said “We’re very excited to begin searching for community casts across the country. A Tale of Two Cities is a powerful production with a wonderfully talented creative team. It’s a unique and special opportunity for people up and down the country and we can’t wait to welcome them.”

Dickens considered this novel the best story he had 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.


Do you have what it takes?
Interested in getting involved? We’re looking for dedicated people who can make a commitment to this production. 

 

A Tale of Two Cities production image from 2014 when the show opened at Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

Rehearsals
You must be able to attend two evening rehearsals on the Thursday and Friday immediately prior to the performance week at your local theatre. It is possible that a Saturday morning rehearsal might be required. There will be a rehearsal onstage on Monday evening, working on the production set, and a full company rehearsal on the Tuesday afternoon before the first performance on Tuesday evening.

 

Performances
You must be available for all performances in the week the production plays at your theatre and will be expected to arrive 45 minutes before the start of each performance.

 

Auditions
Auditions are set to take place at each theatre throughout June and July. Applicants must be 18 or over and would preferably have some performance experience. We would like to stress that all applicants should consider carefully the commitment they will be making. This is an unpaid experience.

 

Participating theatres

Oxford Playhouse    

19th – 24th September 2016

Richmond Theatre

26th September – 1st October 2016

Bradford Alhambra

3rd – 8th October 2016

Blackpool Grand

10th – 15th October 2016

Wolverhampton Grand

17th – 22nd October 2016

Brighton Theatre Royal

31 st October – 5th November 2016

Edinburgh King's

7th – 12th November 2016

Cheltenham Everyman

14th – 19th November 2016

Nottingham Theatre Royal       

21st – 26th November 2016

 

Apply 
If you’d like to apply or find out more about when auditions are taking place, please email [email protected]

 

The Two Cities Twelve

Male 1: Court of Attorney, French soldier, Marquis’ servant – high status
              Average height - late teens, early 20s

Male 2: Court of Attorney, French soldier, Marquis’ servant – high status
              Average height - late teens, early 20s

Male 3: English and French crowd – low status
              Average height - late 20s, early 30s

Male 4: English and French crowd – low status
              Below average height - 40s

Male 5: English and French crowd, Foreman of Jury – high status
              Tall - early 50s

Male 6: English and French crowd, President – high status
              Tall - mid 60s

 

Female 1: English and French crowd – middle status
                   Average height - late teens, early 20s

Female 2: English and French crowd – middle status
                   Average height - late teens, early 20s

Female 3: English and French crowd – high status
                    Average to tall height - mid 30s

Female 4: English and French crowd – middle status
                    Average to tall height - mid 40s

Female 5: English and French crowd – low status
                   Below average height - mid 50s

Female 6: English and French crowd – low status
                    Average height - mid 60s

 

 

 


A Tale of Two Cities opens at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where it plays from 10 to 17 September 2016. It then tours to Oxford Playhouse, Richmond Theatre, Bradford Alhambra, Blackpool Grand, Wolverhampton Grand, Brighton Theatre Royal, Edinburgh King's, Cheltenham Everyman and Nottingham Theatre Royal. 

Get tickets for this show by visiting our tour page.