A Tale of Two Cities (Gielgud/Rattigan)

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  3w, 5m

Terence Rattigan, John Gielgud

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.

A Tale of Two Cities (Gielgud/Rattigan)

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    Cast Size
    3w, 5m
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature)



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.

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 Sydney Carton and a number of other roles, and this adaptation reflects that ambition by having thirty characters played by just eight actors.

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Terence Rattigan

Born in London on the 10th June 1911, Terence Rattigan (1911–1977) was educated at Harrow (Scholar) from 1925 to 1930 and Trinity College, Oxford (History Scholarship) BA to 1933. He served as a flight Lieutenant in the Central Command, RAF from 1940 to 1945. In 1934 he had b ...

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John Gielgud


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