A musical take on a classic

A THEATRE company based in Staple Hill is taking on a musical

adaptation of a Charles Dickens classic this spring.

St Mary’s Players, who rehearse at the Page Community

Association hall, will perform A Tale of Two Cities at the Redgrave

Theatre in Clifton in April.

A cast of more than 40 people who live locally will take part in the

show for the group, which was founded in 1959 by parishioners of St

Mary’s Church in Fishponds, and has rehearsed in Staple Hill since

the 1980s, winning regional drama awards for previous productions.

Last year’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita also picked

award nominations.

A spokesperson for the group said: “Based on Charles Dickens’

masterpiece, A Tale of

Two Cities is a musical that focuses on the love triangle between

young beauty Lucie Manette, French aristocrat Charles Darnay and

drunken English cynic, Sydney Carton – all caught in the clutches of

the bloody French Revolution.

“Full of sweeping emotion and dramatic musical scoring, this

classic story of love, revolution and redemption is what the Associated

Press called “the return to the era of big blockbusters such as Les

Misérables, Phantom and Miss Saigon’.”

Tickets for the show, which runs from April 2 to 6, can be booked

by calling the Redgrave Theatre on 0117 315 7800 or online at tickets.


Anyone who is interested in joining the group should email