A Tale of Two Cities - Magdalene Players

by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Matthew Francis, 1994


As their spring production, The Magdalene Players are proud to present Charles Dickens' masterpiece A Tale of Two Cities in an adaption by Matthew Francis. A story of love, sacrifice, honour and revolution, from the echo of the first line 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times' to the final 'It is a far far better thing that I do than I have ever done', Dickens' story tells of the redemptive powers of love in the face of cruelty, violence and neglect.

Originally written and published in weekly instalments in 1859, A Tale of Two Cities is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It shows the plight of the French people under the brutal oppression of the aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, and the corresponding savage brutality of the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the years immediately following.


The story follows Charles Darnay, a French former aristocrat, who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated English barrister, who tries to redeem his ill-spent life out of love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.

The events covered in A Tale of Two Cities cover thirty-seven years between 1757 and 1793, the plot develops and builds powerfully from the moment that the story opens, with the coded rumours of Dr Manette being 'restored to life' until, one of the most powerful ending in English literature, as Sydney Carton makes his way to his final appointment with Madame Guillotine.


Attorney General David Ashton
Gabelle David Ashton
Gaspard David Ashton
Charles Darnay Jack Fulford
Defarge Nick Comlay
Mr. Stryer Nick Comlay
Lucie Manette Vicky Johnson
John Barsad Guy Johnson
Marquis St. Evremonde Guy Johnson
Dr. Manette Nigel Gray
Miss Pross Caroline Goldston
Narrators Arabella Gordon
Narrators Claire Clarke
Carton Aidan Godwin
Young Dr. Manette Aidan Godwin
Citizen Karen Wilson
Madame Defarge Karen Wilson
Coachman Jonathan Murray
Judge Jonathan Murray
President Jonathan Murray
Citizen Kitty Gilbert
Lorry Martin Smith
Citizen Emily Rice
Servant Emily Rice
Boy Felix Rackow
Citizen Felix Rackow


Director Bernard Godwin


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The Magdalene Players are an Amateur Drama Group based in Wandsworth, London, England. We have been performing at the St Mary Magdalene Church Hall in London, SW17 7HP since 1980.

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