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 If you’ve never read Charles Dickens’ novel of revolution and excessive gestures of love, then this is the show for you. If you have read it, this might also be the show for you, depending on how well you remember it. 

Lucie Manette and her aristocratic husband escaped Paris at the height of the French Revolution. It was a daring and unlikely escape that traumatised her young daughter, also called Lucie. Now that Lucie the younger is older, she wants some answers from her tight-lipped mother as to what exactly happened. In order to get those answers Lucie is making a documentary, bringing her family together to restage the events that she was too young to remember, in order to finally confront the past. But what they have to say is not what Lucie wants to hear. 

From the creators of Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) and Juliet & Romeo, comes a re-staging of one of the bestselling novels of all time (allegedly). Featuring live camera work on-stage, and Lost Dog’s acclaimed blend of contemporary dance and theatre, rediscover Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities from a whole new perspective. 

This is Lost Dog’s nearly unrecognisable re-imagining of a classic. 

A Tale of Two Cities is co-produced by Lost Dog, The Place and Warwick Arts Centre with funding from Arts Council England; commissioned by Théâtre de la Ville, Paris; and supported by China Plate and Worthing Theatres.


Hannes Langolf, John Kendall, Nina-Morgane Madelaine, Temitope Ajose-Cutting, Valentina Formenti

Devised by Ben Duke and the Company
Director: Ben Duke
Creative Advisor, Associate Director: Pip Duke
Designer: Amber Vandenhoeck
Lighting Designer: Katy Morison
Projection Designer: Will Duke
Projection Design Associate: Hayley Egan
Sound Designer: Hjorvar Rognvaldsson
Videographer: Idris Ellis
Dramaturg: Raquel Meseguer Zafe

Production Manager: Dave Sherman
Technical Stage Manager: Seth Rook-Williams
Stage Manager: Laura Overton Harvey
Touring Technician: Mason Pretorius

Project Producer: Emily Gorrod-Smith
Assistant Producer: Emma Evans
Engagement Producer: Joanne Skapinker
Executive Producer: Daisy Drury

Audio Description: Raquel Meseguer & Laura Dannequin
BSL Interpreter: Clare Edwards



media credit: Idris Ellis

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