Audio: 'The Bastille Prisoner'
In this extract, we hear chapter two of The Bastille Prisoner, based on Book One from A Tale of Two Cities. Despite the fact he carefully adapted, edited and underlined the text in 1861, Dickens never publicly performed the work. He must have put a great deal of thought into the decision not to perform it, because the numerous stage directions included indicate he planned the public reading in great detail.
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Excerpt from The Bastille Prisoner, 1861