Tue 24 May

Lost Dog - Nottingham Playhouse

A Tale of Two Cities


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 by Lost Dog dance is a work that deserves to be widely seen, not only by dance audiences or Dickens fans.’
The Guardian, A Tale of Two Cities

Reviews for Lost Dog's previous shows:

★★★★★ 'Pure pleasure. Smart, subversive and sexy’
The Guardian, Juliet & Romeo

★★★★★ ‘The comedy is divine, but the images of love and loss are achingly human’
The Independent, Paradise Lost (Lies Unopened Beside Me)

Duration: 90 minutes, no interval
Age Recommendation: 14+ 

Content Warnings: This production contains occasional use of strong language, depictions of violence, including references to violence of a sexual nature, and depictions of alcoholism.

Please Note: This performance takes place at Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF

Production Credits
Lost Dog, The Place and Warwick Art Centre present A Tale of Two Cities
Devised by: Ben Duke & the Company
Directed by: Ben Duke
Cast: Valentina Formenti, Nina-Morgane Madelaine, Temitope Ajose-Cutting, Hannes Langolf, John Kendall

Creative team:
Devised by: Ben Duke and the Company
Director: Ben Duke
Creative Advisor & Performance Director: Pippa Duke
Designer: Amber Vandenhoeck
Lighting Designer: Katy Morison
Projection Designer: Will Duke
Projection Associate: Hayley Egan
Sound Designer: Hjorvar Rognvaldsson
Costume Designer: Ryan Laight
Videographer: Idris Ellis
Dramaturg: Raquel Meseguer
Production Manager: Dave Sherman
Project Producer: Emily Gorrod-Smith
Assistant Producer: Emma Evans
Executive Producer: Daisy Drury
Engagement Producer: Joanne Skapinker

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; supported by Worthing Theatres, The Point Eastleigh and The Leche Trust.

Times: 7.30pm
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: on tour

Lost Dog's A Tale of Two Cities - On Tour

Lost Dog, The Place & Warwick Arts Centre present A Tale of Two Cities, on a UK & International Tour in Spring 2022.