Hamlet

The Online Stage presents Shakespeare’s most famous and most quoted play, a revenge drama which explores the inevitable conflict between conscience and justice, between morality and obligation. The tragedy arises, not from an obvious weakness in the character of Hamlet, but rather from his inability to deal with an apparently insoluble moral dilemma. The role…

Four Plays

This collection contains Oscar Wilde’s four best-known comedies: The Importance of Being Earnest; Lady Windermere’s Fan; An Ideal Husband; and A Woman of No Importance. All of them satirize upper-class English society of the 1890s, dramatizing scandalous secrets, political and marital intrigue, and dandyish bad behavior with Wilde’s trademark wit and wisdom. Presented by The…

King John

The Life and Death of King John was probably written in the 1590s but not published until the First Folio in 1623. Of Shakespeare’s 11 history plays, King John is the one which deals with the story of a monarch most removed from Shakespeare’s time. The historical remoteness of this ruler, and also the fact…

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

When Lord Arthur learns of his awful destiny, how will he deal with the consequences? As this is Wilde, it’s not what you might expect. Amazon/Audible • iTunes • Not a member of Audible? Click here.

The Reluctant Dragon

When a dragon turns up in the English countryside, can the boy who befriends him help him avoid the threatened showdown with Saint George? Amazon/Audible • iTunes • Not a member of Audible? Click here.

Mr Kershaw and Mr Wilcox

A strange happening when a business arrangement goes awry. From In Ghostly Company, published 1921. Amazon/Audible • iTunes • Not a member of Audible? Click here.

Brickett Bottom

A vacation in a quiet country spot; what could possibly go wrong? From Northcote’s collection In Ghostly Company published in 1921. Amazon/Audible • iTunes • Not a member of Audible? Click here.

The Happy Prince and Other Tales

Five fables: “The Happy Prince”, “The Nightingale and the Rose”, “The Selfish Giant”, “The Devoted Friend”, “The Remarkable Rocket”. Each illustrates a moral, contrasting fake with real, selfishness with unselfishness, though Wilde wrote “I like to fancy that there may be many meanings in the tale”. First published in 1888. Amazon/Audible • iTunes • Not…

The Remarkable Rocket

Everything in the world revolves around just him. Or does it? A moral fable on delusions of self-importance. First published 1888 in The Happy Prince and Other Tales. Amazon/Audible • iTunes • Not a member of Audible? Click here.

The Devoted Friend

A moral fable on true and fake friendship. Hugh the Miller is little Hans’s best friend…or is he? First published in 1888 in The Happy Prince and Other Tales. Amazon/Audible • iTunes • Not a member of Audible? Click here.