Casting has been announced for the UK tour of A Tale of Two Cities, which opens at Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton in September.

Jacob Ifan, best known for his role as PC Jake Vickers in the BBC series Cuffs, will make his professional theatre debut as Charles Darnay.

Joseph Timms will play Sydney Carton alongside Shanaya Rafaat as Lucie Manette, Harry Attwell as Defarge, Sue Wallace as Miss Pross and Patrick Romer as Dr Manette.

Also joining the cast will be Noa Bodner, Michael Garner, Sean Murrayand Christopher Hunter, Rebecca Birch, Jonathan Dryden Taylor and Jon Tarcy.

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, the play is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, and depicts how French peasants were treated by aristocrats.

Adapted by Mike Poulton, the production is directed by James Dacre with design by Mike Britton and features music by Rachel Portman.

The production, which was first produced in Northampton in 2014, will tour to Oxford, Richmond, Bradford, Blackpool, Wolverhampton, Brighton, Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Nottingham.

A Tale of Two Cities opens at Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton on 14 September before embarking on a UK tour.