The Tale of Two Cities: 1885-1895
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Playscript for a stage adaptation of Charles Dickens's novel 'A Tale of Two Cities or the Incarcerated Victim of the Bastille.' Part of the Dicks' Standard play series (number 780) such scripts were sold cheaply for one penny and were used for amateur and professional performances of the play as well as toy theatre productions. Stage adaptations of Charles Dickens works appeared very quickly after the first few chapters of the part works were published. Theatres employed resident dramatists to adapt the part works for the stage and even predicted how the novel may end before publication, often with surprising results. This stage version was first performed at the Victoria Theatre, London on July 7th 1860 just six months after Dickens had completed publication of the novel as 31 weekly partworks in his magazine 'All the year Round'.
1885 AD - 1895 AD