A Tale of Two Cities

Drama – 2 acts – 6 men, 4 women

Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities is published by Sordelet Ink and available for purchase at Amazon.com.


Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities follows the lives of Charles Darnay, a virtuous French ex-patriot who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution; and Sydney Carton, a dissolute English barrister who struggles to redeem his ill-spent life through his unrequited love for Darnay’s wife. It ranks among the most famous works in the history of English literature.

Production History

2018 – Our Lady of Sorrows Academy – Phoeniz, AZ
2017 – GreenMan Theatre Troupe – Elmhurst, IL
2014 – Lifeline Theatre – Chicago, IL (Premiere)

Awards & Nominations

2014 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award (nominee): New Adaptation


“A taut, suspenseful adaptation that captures the romantic idealism, dark humor, and social outrage that drive this ripping good yarn.” – Albert Williams, Chicago Reader

“Walsh skillfully condenses Dickens’ masterpiece into a riveting tale of love and hate. He finds the romance, the evil and even the humor in this tightly woven redemption and resurrection story.” – Katy Walsh, thefourthwalsh.com

“Lifeline Theatre’s latest page-to-stage triumph. … Walsh’s new version “rereads” the work into stirring action.” – Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema

“Adapter Christopher M. Walsh skillfully reduced Charles Dickens’ sprawling 1859 novel into a fine stage production.” – Tom Williams, Chicago Critic

“This Tale is something to behold.” – Suzanne Scanlon, Time Out Chicago