Season 67

A Tale of Two Cities

By Charles Dickens Adapted by Steve Barlow & Steve Skidmore
26 - 28 March, 2015

 

Cast

Synopsis

The novel of A Tale of Two Cities, one of Charles Dickens' most famous works, was published in weekly instalments in 1859 and has gone down in history as having one of the most famous opening lines in literary history. The novel's iconic characters and themes of sacrifice, love, justice and revenge have kept it constantly in print and led to various adaptions for stage and screen. Set before and during the turbulent times of the French Revolution it is a powerful literary depiction of the effects of inequality and revolution on society that still resonates in today's modern world.


Cast

Sidney Carton
JUDE CONNOLLY
Charles Darnay
HARRY LONGBOTTOM
Lucie Manette
MOLLY INGHAM
Dr Manette
MATTHEW PERKINS
Monsieur Defarge
JACK BECKETT-MEEGAN
Madam Defarge
ALICE ROBERTS
Miss Pross
KATHARINE BRINKWORTH
The Marquis
JACOB LEEMING
The Vengeance
MARTHA WILSON
Mr Lorry
SAM BROWN
Stryver
ELLIE BUCHANAN
Jerry Cruncher
OWEN WRAY
Gaspard
SAM PERKINS
Jacques 2
HANNAH WILKINSON
Jacques 3
ROLSIN ELLIS
Jacques 4
EMMILY HART
Citizen 1
LUCY WILKINSON
Citizen 2
DAISY SMITH
Citizen 3
THEO CONNOLLY
Citizen 4
ALYSSA KEENE
Citizen 5
ALICE MAYNARD
Citizen 6
GABE BOWDEN
Citizen 7
MARTHA EDWARDS
Citizen 8
SARAH-JANE AKERS
John Barsad
JAMIE TSE
Coachman
JAMES HUNTINGTON
Guard
ISAAC HARRISON
Gabelle
SOPHIE TANKARD
Roadmender
DAISY BENSON
Roadmender
LIBBY JONES
Spectator at court
LYDIA AITKEN
Clerk of the court
JILL GAUNT
Official voice
JOSH LONGBOTTOM
Judge
STEPHANIE LYMAN
Customer at wine shop
ROSA MONTAGUE-VAUGHAN
Customer at wine shop
ELLIOT MALONEY
Customer at wine shop
ALEX FARQUHAR
Officer
EMMA SAUNDERS
Jailer
SARAH PALEY
Clergyman
HARRY SHARP
Gentleman Prisoner
JOSEPH TONER
Aristocrat Prisoner
FRAN MURRAY
Aristocrat Prisoner
BETH LOW
Aristocrat Prisoner
NANCY WILSON
Aristocrat Prisoner
RUBY STEAD
President
MAYA GEORGE
Marquis's Brother
CHRISTIAN BEAUMONT
Peasant Woman
BETH LOW
Seamstress
JESSICA CHEWINS
Peasant Boy
TOM ARMSTRONG
DIRECTOR
SALLY EDWARDS


Director's Notes


In order to give our Kaleidoscope members a chance to appear in a variety of genres we chose a rather more serious piece for the 2015 production after the relative frivolity of Around the World in Eighty Days. With a huge cast, the task of finding a suitable script has become a perennial problem. We chose this adaptation of ĎA Tale Of Two Citiesí as it would be a good contrast to last yearís show and the crowd play such an important role in the development of the story. The cast have done an excellent job in getting to grips with the difficult language and gaining an understanding of the period setting and we have managed to find the laughs in the rehearsals despite the lack of them in the script! It is once again my privilege to be working closely with Katy Gaul on this production. Her talents as a composer are a huge asset to any production and I would like to thank her for all her hard work in bringing the production together and adding so much to the experience of the young performers.

Huge thanks to Nadine Bowman for Stage Managing and to Louise Potter, Sarah Wilson and Liz Keogh for all their hard work on props. We are very lucky to have such a great set building team in Jason Perkins, Terry Robertson and Dennis Keogh. Thanks to Phill Smith and all the lighting team and to Matthew Norwood on sound. I am very grateful to Debbie Linton for all her support throughout the production and for the massive amount of work she has put into the costumes and tuition. She is a marvel. Thanks so much to Amanda Miers for all her work both as a tutor and backstage and to Lynn George, Rhiannon Cawthorne, Karen McCreesh, Rosemary Grainger and all the chaperones. Finally, I would like to thank the parents of our cast who have supported their offspring throughout the rehearsal period and the cast themselves for being so fantastic to work with. I hope you all enjoy the play.

SALLY EDWARDS

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