The cuffs are off as Jacob Ifan stars in A Tale of Two Cities tour

A Tale Of Two Cities. Image Robert Day.
A Tale Of Two Cities. Image Robert Day.

Jacob Ifan, who starred in the BBC cops drama, Cuffs, is to make his stage debut in the revival of the Charles Dickens literary masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities, for The Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Royal & Derngate Northampton.

The production opens at the R&D on September 10 and then tours the UK until November. Ifan, known to TV viewers as PC Jake Vickers in the Brighton-based Cuffs will be playing Charles Darnay.

Jacob Ifan

Joseph Timms, whose credits include Twelfth Night and Richard III (Donmar on Broadway), Privates on Parade (Noel Coward Theatre) and The Hudsucker Proxy (Nuffield/Liverpool Everyman), will play Sydney Carton.

Shanaya Rafaat who has appeared in Great Expectations (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Around the World in 80 Days (St James Theatre) and King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe), will play Lucie Manette and Sue Wallace, whose National Theatre credits include Husbands and Sons, Emil and the Detectives and Alan Bennett’s Untold Stories, takes the role of Miss Pross. Patrick Romer, who has numerous RSC credits to his name, plays Dr Manette.

Other casting includes Harry Attwell, Noa Bodner, Michael Garner, Sean Murray and Christopher Hunter. The cast is completed by Rebecca Birch, Jonathan Dryden Taylor and Jon Tarcy.

Dickens considered his novel, A Tale Of Two Cities the best story he had ever written. Interweaving one family’s intensely personal drama with the terror and chaos of the French Revolution, it is an epic story of love, sacrifice and redemption amidst horrific violence and world changing events.

Mike Poulton’s adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities was first produced in Northampton in 2014 and was director James Dacre’s inaugural production at the theatre.

James Dacre said: “Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities in 1859 as a meditation on politics and power, the
individual versus the system and the private versus the public.

“Mike Poulton, Rachel Portman and I first mounted this adaptation in the aftermath of the Arab Spring to cast a light on the protests, fanaticism and political unrest that were spreading across the world at that time.

“Our decision, along with Jenny King, Producer of The Touring Consortium, to revisit the production during this year of elections, referendums and revolutions across the world is motivated by a shared belief that great historical dramas can play an important role in contemporary political conversations by emotionally engaging audiences in human stories, countering the disaffection that seems to dominate so much of today’s political debate.

2016 Tour Dates

September 13-17, ROYAL & DERNGATE NORTHAMPTON
September 20-24, OXFORD PLAYHOUSE
September 27-October 1, RICHMOND THEATRE
October 4-8, ALHAMBRA THEATRE BRADFORD
October 11-15, BLACKPOOL GRAND
October 19-22, WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND
November 1-5, THEATRE ROYAL BRIGHTON
November 8-12, KINGS THEATRE EDINBURGH
November 15-19, CHELTENHAM EVERYMAN
November 22-26, THEATRE ROYAL NOTTINGHAM

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