Persuasion

Persuasion has certain similarities with Emma, another late novel by Jane Austen. In both stories, the heroine is a young woman who lives with her widowed father, and who has an enduring attachment to her eventual spouse from the opening of the action. Persuasion also incorporates certain elements common to Austen’s earlier novels, such as…

Emma

Emma By Jane Austen Presented by The Online Stage Emma was the last completed novel by Jane Austen. It tells the story of a spirited and opinionated young woman who lives with her widowed father and who has an unfortunate penchant for interfering in the love life of those around her. As others in her…

The Story of the Amulet

The Story of the Amulet by Edith Nesbit Presented by the Online Stage Narrated by Cate Barratt This is final installment in Edith Nesbit’s classic trilogy of time-traveling adventures by four enterprising children. The other volumes are Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet, both of which have also been recorded by…

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…

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln A play by John Drinkwater Presented by The Online Stage. In survey after survey, Abraham Lincoln is universally ranked as the greatest of America’s presidents, setting standards for honesty, courage, compassion and ethical responsibility. John Drinkwater’s play was the British poet’s first theatrical success, opening in England in 1918 to surprising acclaim and…

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…

Five Children and It

While exploring the beach, four adventurous children make the acquaintance of a very odd creature: a sand fairy. When they have adapted to the brusque and forthright demeanor of the fairy, they discover that he has unusual powers, which he can be persuaded to demonstrate. As a result, the children enjoy many bizarre adventures, some…

King Lear

Shakespeare’s King Lear ranks with Sophocles’ Oedipus as a tragic hero destroyed by his own good intentions. From the moment when Lear unfolds his darker purpose, we are drawn into an ineluctable chain of events that leads through betrayal, deceit, destructive family conflict, reconciliation, despair, and death. Considered by many to be the most grueling…

Last Christmas

A new twist on the theme of A Christmas Carol. Harrison, an embittered scientist who has access to time travel, wants to remove Christmas from the pages of history. Fortunately for humanity, his senior colleague, Horowitz has other ideas. Cast: Peter Tucker as Harrison Victor Bazarov as the Innkeeper Chris Marcellus as Joseph Libby Stephenson…