A Tale of Two Cities Opens at A Noise Within

US premiere of Mike Poulton's adaptation directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott

PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | SouthPasadenan.com | Ensemble, with Kasey Mahaffy (Attorney General) and Emily Goss (Lucie Manette) in foreground, in the London trial scene from A Tale of Two Cities.

A Noise Within (ANW) presents the first production of its 26th season, the United States premiere of Tony-winner Mike Poulton’s thrilling adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, directed by co-producing artistic directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott, performing September 3 – November 19, 2017.

A Tale of Two Cities’ opening lines are among the most famous in all Western literature: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” More than 200 million copies of the book have been purchased – making it the second bestselling single-volume of all time (the first is Cervantes’ Don Quixote, the basis of ANW’s spring 2017 hit Man of La Mancha).

Julia Rodriguez-Elliott said, “Poulton has given the theatre a bold, fast-paced adaptation. He breathed new life into the classic novel, a taut political thriller that feels so immediate, so exciting, so theatrical, and so wonderfully alive for audiences. It’s a roller coaster of romance and adventure, without losing the rich characterizations and Dickens’ eloquent language.”

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Geoff Elliott states, “If there is anything that is on display in A Tale for Two Cities, it is the theme of our season, Entertaining Courage.  It depicts one courageous act after another – the books ends with Sydney Carton’s ultimate act of courage.”

A Tale of Two Cities is about people whose acts of courage make the world a better place. And in that way, this play couldn’t be more timely,” Elliott continues, “We are a nation in shock; there is a sense of perplexing numbness not only here in our country, but across the planet. Tale gives us that salve, showing us that even among the hopeless and the disenfranchised, there are still ways we can positively influence each other’s lives.”

Tickets for A Tale of Two Cities, starting at $25, are available online at http://www.anoisewithin.org and by phone by calling 626-356-3100. A Noise Within is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107, just north of the Madre Street exit off the 210.