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Jane Austen

The Online Stage is planning to record dramatic presentations of the complete works of Jane Austen, including her unfinished novels, Sandtiton and The Watsons.




Lady Susan

Lady Susan is an epistolary novel 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.

Cast

Lady Susan Vernon and the Narrator - Elizabeth Klett
Catherine Vernon - Beth Thomas
Mr de Courcy - Ben Lindsey-Clark
Alicia Johnson - Amanda Friday
Sir Reginald de Courcy - Denis Daly
Frederica Vernon - Becca Maggie
Lady de Courcy - Carol Box


Link to audio: Lady Susan


 Pride and Prejudice

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 by his haughty friend, Mr. Darcy. This is Jane Austen at the height of her powers, complete with ironic narration, hilariously drawn supporting characters, and romantic suspense. 

In this production The Online Stage presents a fully dramatized version of Austen's most enduringly popular novel.


Narration by Libby Stephenson




Cast

Elizabeth Bennet -  Elizabeth Chambers
Fitzwilliam Darcy  -  Ben Lindsey-Clark
Mrs Bennet  -  Linda Barrans
Mr Bennet  -  Andrew Coleman
Jane Bennet  -  Amanda Friday
Lydia Bennet  -  Leanne Yau
Kitty Bennet  and Master Lucas  -  Charlotte Duckett
Charles Bingley  and Mr Denny  -  Andy Harrington
Charlotte Lucas  -  Rebecca Thomas
Mary Bennet  and Miss Long  -  Becca Maggie
Caroline Bingley  and Maria Lucas  -  Tiffany Halla Colonna
Sir William  and butler  -  Peter Tucker
Louisa Hurst, Mrs Gardiner  and Mrs Hill  -  Elizabeth Klett
Mr Gardiner  and Mr Hurst  -  David Prickett
Mr Collins  -  Phil Benson
Mr Wickham  and Col. Fitzwilliam  -  Chris Marcellus
Lady Catherine, Mrs Phillips  and Mrs Reynolds  -  Erin Louttit
 

Audio edited by Libby Stephenson and Elizabeth Klett.


Link to audio:

Pride and Prejudice


 Emma

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 small circle gradually find partners, the question which is at the centre of all Jane Austen novels remains to be answered: how will Emma find a husband for herself?


Cast
Narrator - Libby Stephenson
Emma Woodhouse -  Amanda Friday
Henry Woodhouse  - Alan Weyman
George Knightley  - Jeff Moon
Harriet Smith  - Arielle Lipshaw
Anne Weston  - P.J. Morgan
Philip Elton  - Russell Gold
John Knightley  - Richard Andrews
Isabella Knightley/Jane Fairfax  - Becca Maggie
Mr Weston  - David Prickett
Mrs Ford/Mrs Bates  - Linda Barrans
Miss Bates  - K.G.Cross
Frank Churchill  - Andy Harrington
Mrs Cole/Augusta Elton  - Leanne Yau

Audio edited by Libby Stephenson


Link to audio:

Emma

 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 characters from the military,  visits to Bath and calculating and cynical suitors.  In the end, Anne Elliot successfully combats the destructive vanity of her father and the machinations of her villainous cousin William, and settles down with her long time beloved, the noble Captain Frederick Wentworth. 


Cast:
Narrator: Linda Barrans
Anne Elliot: PJ Morgan
Frederick Wentworth: David Prickett
Sir Walter Elliot/Waiter: Andrew Coleman
Lady Russell/Lady Dalrymple: Cate Barratt
*Mr Shepherd/Mr Musgrove: Denis Daly
Mrs Clay/Mrs Smith: Elizabeth Chambers
Mary Musgrove: Libby Stephenson
Elizabeth Elliot/Henrietta Musgrove: Amanda Friday
Mrs Musgrove/2nd Lady: Michele Eaton
Mrs Croft/3rd Lady: Elizabeth Klett
Charles Musgrove: Ben Stevens
Admiral Croft: Craig Franklin
Captain Harville: Andy Harrington
Mr Hayter/William Elliot: Russell Gold

Audio edited by Libby Stephenson


Link to audio:

Persuasion

 


Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility is Jane Austen’s first published novel. It tells the much-loved story of the two, very different, Dashwood sisters. 


Elinor suppresses her own emotions out of a keen sense of responsibility to her family and friends, while Marianne is highly expressive and romantic. 


When their father dies, British law leaves everything to their half-brother and his tight-fisted wife, and Elinor and Marianne, along with their mother and younger sister, have to move to a cottage on a relative’s estate where they experience the full spectrum of romance and betrayal. 





Cast: 
Narrator: Cate Barratt 
John Dashwood and Mr Palmer: Phil Benson 
Fanny Dashwood and Mrs Palmer: Elizabeth Klett 
Elinor Dashwood: Libby Stephenson 
Marianne Dashwood: Amanda Friday 
Mrs. Dashwood: Sarah Mitchell 
Edward Ferrars and Servant: Craig Franklin 
Sir John Middleton and Thomas: Jeff Moon 
John Willoughby and Robert Ferrars: Russell Gold 
Colonel Brandon: Peter Tucker 
Margaret Dashwood and Anne Steele: Grace Keller Scotch 
Mrs. Jennings: Sara Morsey 
Lady Middleton and Mrs. Ferrars: PJ Morgan 
Lucy Steele: Elizabeth Chambers 


Audio edited by Libby Stephenson


Link to audio:

Sense and Sensibility

 Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey is one of Jane Austen’s first novels, though it was not published until after her death, and contains some of her most biting satire. Catherine Morland, the novel’s naive and provincial heroine, has formed her idea of the world from Gothic novels, full of gloomy Italian castles, long-kept secrets, and dastardly villains. However, when she travels to the city of Bath and encounters a wider society, she will discover that all her reading has ill-prepared her for the real world. 


Cast:

Narrator: Noel Badrian 
Catherine Morland: Grace Keller Scotch 
Mrs Morland/Mrs Hughes: Sarah Mitchell 
Mrs Allen: Sara Morsey 
Mr Allen: Alan Weyman 
Henry Tilney: Andy Harrington 
Isabella Thorpe: Elizabeth Chambers 
Mrs Thorpe: Elizabeth Klett 
Anne Thorpe: Becca Maggie 
John Thorpe: Phil Benson 
James Morland/Captain Tilney: Craig Franklin 
Eleanor Tilney: P.J. Morgan 
General Tilney: Denis Daly 
Emily/Sarah Morland: Libby Stephenson 


Audio edited by Libby Stephenson


Link to audio:
Northanger Abbey


 Lovers' Vows

Lovers' Vows is Elizabeth Inchbald's controversial adaptation of the German play Das Kind der Liebe (The Love Child) by August von Kotzebue. Though it met with great success both on stage and in print, some were concerned discussion of premarital sex and the leveling of social rank. Today, it is best known as the play that the Mansfield Theatricals rehearse in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.

Cast:
Narrator: PJ Morgan
Baron Wildenhaim/Prologue: Andy Harrington
Agatha Firburg: Amanda Friday
Frederick: Mark Crowle-Groves
Amelia Wildenhaim/Country Girl: Libby Stephenson
Count Cassel/Landlord: Craig Franklin
Cottager/Verdun, the Butler/Epilogue: Phil Benson
Cottager's Wife: K G Cross
Anhalt: Russell Gold
Famer/Gentleman: Alan Weyman
Countryman/Servant: David Prickett

Audio edited by Libby Stephenson.


Link to audio:
Lovers' Vows


 Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park is the third published and perhaps most subtle of Jane Austen’s novels.  It tells the story of Fanny Price, who, at the age of ten, is sent from her impoverished household to live with her wealthy aunt and uncle and be raised alongside her cousins. Fanny grows up as a misfit, not truly a member of the Bertram family, but too genteel to feel comfortable with her parents.

Cast:
Narrator: PJ Morgan
Lady Bertram: Sarah Mitchell
Mrs Norris: Linda Barrans
Sir Thomas Bertram: Andrew Coleman
Fanny Price: Becca Maggie
Maria Bertram/Susan Price: Amanda Friday
Julia Bertram/Sam Price: Grace Keller Scotch
Edmund Bertram: Russell Gold
Mary Crawford: Libby Stephenson
Mrs Grant/Rebecca: Elizabeth Klett
Henry Crawford: Mark Crowle-Groves
Tom Bertram: Phil Benson
Mr Rushworth: Craig Franklin
Dr Grant/Baddeley: Jeff Moon
Mr Price/Coachman: David Prickett
Mrs Rushworth/Mrs Price: Sara Morsey
William Price/John Yates: Andy Harrington


Audio edited by Libby Stephenson


Link to audio:

Mansfield Park




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