The Changeling

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.9 stars; 8 reviews)

The Changeling is a sensational 1622 tragicomedy by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley that comprises two intertwining plots. The first involves Beatrice-Joanna, daughter of the governor of Alicante, and her unruly passion for Alsemero, despite the fact that she is engaged to Alonzo de Piracquo. She enlists the aid of her father's servant De Flores to kill Alonzo so that she can marry Alsemero. However, she does not anticipate that De Flores, who is in love with her, will demand payment for the deed. The second plot is set in a madhouse, where the jealous old doctor Alibius is keeping his beautiful young wife Isabella confined so that she will not be unfaithful to him. Despite his best efforts, she is assailed by illicit suitors on all sides: Franciscus, who disguises himself as a madman, Antonio, who disguises himself as a fool, and Lollio, his lustful servant. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Alsemero: mb
Jasperino: Charlotte Duckett
First Servant/Servant/First Madman: Availle
Pedro/Franciscus/Vermandero: Alan Mapstone
Beatrice-Joanna/Lollio: Elizabeth Klett
DeFlores: David Nicol
Diaphanta: Meredith Clement
Alibius: Algy Pug
Alonzo de Piracquo: Chuck Williamson
Antonio: Kevin Johnson
Isabella: Caprisha Page
Tomazo de Piracquo: Todd
Narrator: Arielle Lipshaw

Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett (2 hr 12 min)


Act 1 26:26 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 20:26 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Act 3 28:26 Read by David Nicol
Act 4 30:23 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Act 5 26:42 Read by Algy Pug


good if you're into this

(2.5 stars)

Little to high brow for me. Otherwise a good read

well performed

(5 stars)

the cast does a good job performing this play.

(3 stars)

The voice actors for Tomazo and Alsemero made this text almost unbearable. All other aspects were great.