A Tale of Two Cities

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By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud

Producer: Queanbeyan City Council; Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher; Lighting: Hamish McConchie; Costume Design: Miriam Miley-Read; Sound Design: James McPherson; Cast Includes: Calen Robinson; Peter Dark; David McNamara; Daniel Greiss; Donald Smith; Barbara Denham; Hannah Ley; Dim Ristevski; and Laura Dawson

One of the darkest and most romantic of Dickens’ novels, A Tale of Two Cities was adapted for the stage by the dream-team of Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud, and recently had its London/world premiere in a daring production by King’s Head Theatre artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher.

In a time when governments all over the world are facing down political unrest and fierce protests, this revolutionary story has never been more relevant.  Retaining the thrill and tension of the French Revolutionary setting but merging it with a modern, East London aesthetic, the production reimagines Dickens’ dangerous and doomed antihero Sydney Carton as a member of the 27 Club [which includes Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse].

This adaptation marries three of the finest artists in their own fields that England has ever known; Dickens the master story-teller, Rattigan the great playwright and Gielgud the mercurial actor.  Gielgud intended to play both Sidney Carton and a number of other roles, and this production will realise that ambition – by having thirty characters played by just eight actors.

Adam Spreadbury-Maher grew up in Canberra and is an Australian born theatre and opera director, adaptor and Artistic Director.  Originally training as an operatic tenor in Canberra, he moved to London to study directing at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2005.  In 2009 he became the Artistic Director of King’s Head Theatre.  This production at The Q will be the Australian Premiere of Rattigan and Gielgud’s adaptation of a well-loved classic.

‘Exciting, enlightening and never more relevant!  Dickens’ immortal tale of revolution and romance is here superbly edited and adapted for the theatre of our day by one of our most gifted and imaginative young directors – the multi-award winning Adam Spreadbury-Maher.’ Michael Darlow, biographer of Terence Rattigan.

‘Highly ingenious.’ The Guardian

‘Overall, this is theatre at the top of its game.  Seeing plays can be an expensive  gamble, but in this instance it is no gamble at all.  There is so much to marvel here and it is a production that tickles the brain and entertains in equal measure.  Go see it.’ Islington Gazette

‘…an emotional, thrilling, brutal production, placing the audience within the slave state of The Terror and within the nexus of relationships at the heart of the story.’ Broadway.com

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes including interval
Audience Advice: Adult themes.  Recommended for patrons 12+

5 – 16 February 2014
Wednesday 5 February, 8.00pm
Thursday 6 February, 8.00pm
Friday 7 February, 8.00pm
Saturday 8 February, 2.00pm & 8.00pm
Wednesday 12 February, 8.00pm
Thursday 13 February, 8.00pm
Friday 14 February, 8.00pm
Saturday 15 February, 2.00pm & 8.00pm

$39.00 – Full price
$34.00 – Concession and Groups

$49.00 – Full price
$44.00 – Concession and Groups

All Matinees – $41.00

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