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…

The League of Youth

Often considered to be Ibsen’s most popular play in his lifetime, The League of Youth caused fighting in the streets, with conservatives claiming it was an attack on their party and liberals claiming it was an attack on theirs! A thought-provoking comedy that’s sure to feel shockingly familiar. Unusually for Ibsen, this play has a…

How Melvin Saved Christmas

Santa’s Christmas schedule has run into a major problem – all his reindeer, even the heroic Rudolph, are too ill to fly. However, a promising solution to Santa’s dilemma is offered from an unlikely source – the eccentric elf Melvin. Amazon/Audible • iTunes • Not a member of Audible? Click here.

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…

The Phoenix and the Carpet

The Phoenix and the Carpet by Edith Nesbit, presented by the Online Stage, narrated by Cate Barratt. In The Phoenix and the Carpet, five adventurous children are given a carpet that, unknown by their parents, contains a magic egg that hatches into a phoenix. A series of escapades ensues, some amusing, others dangerous, and all…

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen’s classic comic romance, in which the five Bennet sisters try to find that most elusive creature: a single man in possession of a large fortune. Sparks fly when sweet, pretty Jane meets their new neighbor, Mr. Bingley, but her sister Elizabeth is offended…

Twelfth Night

Presented by the Online Stage. This play, which bears an alternate title of What You Will, was written in about 1602. The plot consists of three basic strands: The separation and eventual meeting of the identical twins Sebastian and Viola, each of whom believes the other to have perished The triangular love relationship involving Olivia;…

A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance takes place in a 24-hour period during a house party hosted by Lady Hunstanton at her country estate. The upper echelons of English society mix, mingle and flirt, including Lady Caroline Pontefract (who is on her fourth husband), the witty and ironic Mrs. Allonby and the dandyish Lord Illingworth. Wilde…

An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedy by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honor. The action is set in London, and takes place over the course of 24 hours. Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde’s dramatic…

Lady Susan

Lady Susan is an epistolary novel by Jane Austen about a beautiful and manipulative widow scheming to arrange wealthy marriages for herself and her daughter. This book is the basis for the film Love & Friendship, written and directed by Whit Stillman, and starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. This dramatized production is presented by…