"far too complex"
-The Guardian-

"Dickens’s story is dense"
-The Evening Standard-

"Not quite the worst of times"
-Time Out-

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About the show

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.’

Matthew Dunster adapts Charles Dickens classic novel A Tale of Two Cities for the stage, as part of the Open Air Theatre’s Dickens Uncovered season. Celebrating the life and works of the famous writer, the season hopes to bring his best works to the forefront of theatre, adapting them for a whole new audience.

Set against the backdrop of the French revolution, A Tale of Two Cities is thrown into the streets of East London, re-imagining the thrills and tensions for a new age. At a time of heavy political unrest, the doomed and desperate antihero Sydney Carton’s story is now more relevant than ever. Dunster’s adaptation asks how much can Europe’s poor take? And when will the people start their own revolution?

Artistic Director Timothy Sheader heads up the production, which is set to have eight actors playing thirty characters. A Tale of Two Cities opens at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for a limited season from July 7th to August 5th 2017, with an official press night on July 13th 2017.

Who Should See It?

Fans of previous work at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre will recognise their signature style here. It’s a great opportunity to see one of Dickens’ famous novels on stage.

A Tale of Two Cities is recommended for those aged 11 and up.

Playing at

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Inner Circle
Seating Plan

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre seating plan

Booking period

7th Jul 2017

21st Nov 2017

5th Aug 2017

Running time



Suitable for ages 11+