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...In this classic of Chekhov’s canon, an overbearing professor pays a visit to his country estate, where Sonya and Vanya, his daughter and former brother-in-law, have slaved to maintain his wealth. But Vanya is enchanted by the professor...
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...Cyrano is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents whose whimsical aptitude for the spoken word is overshadowed by an attribute that is iconic, outrageous and gigantic—his nose. How can the curiously-snouted Cyrano ever hope to win...
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...Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora’s well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen...

The Enchanted Isle

Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston is a writer and freelance journalist. She was born in 1968 and educated at St John’s College, Oxford, where she gained a first in English. She has also published Islomania, a book about the fascination of islands. She lives in Dorset. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victorian Theatricals : From menageries to melodrama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...The popular theatre’s obsession with sensational ‘true’ stories may be broadly compared to modern television’s and tabloid journalism’s love of real-life drama. Then as now, crime was a favourite subject and melodramas such as Sweeney Todd...

The Factory Lad

Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston is a writer and freelance journalist. She was born in 1968 and educated at St John’s College, Oxford, where she gained a first in English. She has also published Islomania, a book about the fascination of islands. She lives in Dorset. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victorian Theatricals : From menageries to melodrama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...The Factory Lad is a melodrama that would like to be a revenge tragedy. Its simple plot is broken across a social dilemma concerning the disintegration of the old, feudal, agricultural-based relationship between master and servant and its...
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...The Rolls-Royce of English comedies, this entertaining and still topical play brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. As an ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s smooth ascent to the top seems...
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...A dark tale of hubris, lust, and self-destruction … as told by a man who famously fell prey to those same impulses in his own life. Oscar Wilde wrote his original interpretation of the Biblical story of Salomé in French, and the play was so...
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...Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is considered one of his most haunting and atmospheric character studies. A would-be playwright is at war with his egoistic mother while the town has become intoxicated by a sensational author...
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...Join actors from Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation as they recreate this classic radio thriller. The breathless pace and convincing details make it clear why the 1938 broadcast of an "eyewitness report" of an invasion from Mars...

Acting Proverbs

Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston is a writer and freelance journalist. She was born in 1968 and educated at St John’s College, Oxford, where she gained a first in English. She has also published Islomania, a book about the fascination of islands. She lives in Dorset. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victorian Theatricals : From menageries to melodrama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Drawing-room theatricals soon became standard home entertainment for the respectable middle classes and charades came to be regarded as tame, even somewhat passe. In 1858 Routledge published a new volume of playlets intended for home...