Wed 23 Feb to Sat 5 Mar

Lost Dog - The Place

A Tale of Two Cities

£20 / £13 concs

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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 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.

Access performances: 

  • Wed 2 Mar, 6pm: Touch Tour
    A chance for Blind and Visually Impaired audience members to become familiar with the characters, set and props ahead of the audio described performance at 7.30pm.

    The Touch Tour is free but booking is required. Click here to book the Touch Tour.

  • Wed 2 Mar, 7.30pm: Audio Described Performance

    • Fri 4 Mar, 7.30pm: BSL Interpreted Performance and Post-Show Talk. The BSL Interpreter for the show is Clare Edwards, the BSL Interpretor for the post-show talk is Sula Gleeson.
      Please note: The BSL position for this performance will be Down Stage Left.

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    How to watch

    This is a live performance in The Place theatre. 

    Please note: We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety and experience of our performers and audiences. With that in mind, we are continuing to sell at a reduced capacity with a view to increase to full capacity should the conditions allow for it. As a result, the seating layout may change between the time of your booking and the performance date, therefore seating may not be socially distanced. Please rest assured that our aim will be to operate our front of house areas and auditorium within recommendations for safety. If you have any questions please contact

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    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 & 3pm
    Duration: 90 mins
    Venue: at The Place

    This event is part of Spring Season 2022

    Spring Season 2022

    We're delighted to announce a fantastic programme of live performances in our theatre.

    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.