Tragedy

All for Love; or, The World Well Lost

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John Dryden


All for Love is widely considered to be John Dryden's finest work, dramatic or otherwise. A tragedy written in blank verse, it retells the s…

For Fifteen Years

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Louis Ulbach


For Fifteen Years by Louis Ulbach is the sequel to The Steel Hammer which tells the story of a poor upholsterer, Jean Mortier who is falsely…

La Bohème

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Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica


In 1830s Paris, four struggling Bohemian artists: the poet Rodolfo, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard, and the philosopher Collin…

Hedda Gabler (version 2)

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Henrik Ibsen


Hedda Gabler has just returned from her honeymoon. She has married out of ennui, and is already heartily sick of her husband, who is a plodd…

Slovenly Betsy

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Heinrich Hoffmann


Hienrich Hoffmann was a German psychiatrist and doctor. He had written poetry and sketches for his son, and was persuaded to have a collecti…

Anthem for Doomed Youth

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Wilfred Owen


LibriVox volunteers bring you 12 different recordings of Anthem for Doomed Youth, by Wilfred Owen, in honor of Veteran’s Day, Remembrance Da…

Little Eyolf

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Henrik Ibsen


Henrik Ibsen's 1894 play Little Eyolf tells the story of the Allmers family: the father, Alfred, his wife Rita, their crippled nine-year-old…

A Yorkshire Tragedy

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Thomas Middleton


A Yorkshire Tragedy: Not So New as Lamentable and True (1619) tells the gruesome tale of Walter Calverly who stabbed his wife and killed his…

The Bacchae (Solo Version)

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Euripides


Euripides' Bacchae tells of Dionysus, the God, come to the city of Thebes, there to drive mad those who refuse participation in his ecstatic…

Creditors

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August Strindberg


Creditors is a tragicomedy by August Strindberg that plumbs the depths of the twisted triangular relationship between Tekla, her husband Ado…

Orra

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Joanna Baillie


Considered by her contemporaries a playwright “second only to Shakespeare,” Joanna Baillie was one of the most critically acclaimed writers …

Alcestis (Way Translation)

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Euripides


Alcestis, queen of Pherae, is one of the noblest heroines in all of Greek drama. Her husband Admetus is the supposedly virtuous king of Pher…

The Broken Heart

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John Ford


The Broken Heart stands next to ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore as Ford's most popular drama. All is not right in Sparta because of, as is typical i…

Oroonoko

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Thomas Southerne


Based on Aphra Behn's 1688 novel (which is one of the earliest novels in the English language), Thomas Southerne's Oroonoko is seen by schol…

The Master Builder (Gosse & Archer Translation)

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Henrik Ibsen


Halvard Solness is a master architect who has ruthlessly forged a preëminent career without regard for the feelings of those around him…

Are The Children at Home?

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Margaret Elizabeth Sangster


LibriVox volunteers bring you 16 recordings of Are The Children at Home? by Margaret Elizabeth Sangster. This was the Fortnightly Poetry pr…

King Leir and His Three Daughters

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Anonymous


King Leir is an anonymous Elizabethan play about the life of the ancient Celtic king Leir of Britain. It was published in 1605 but was enter…

A Doll's House

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Henrik Ibsen


Published in 1879, this play was a bombshell, exposing the tragic hypocrisy of Victorian like middle class marriage. The play is significant…

Britannicus

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Jean Racine


Britannicus is son and heir of the Roman emperor Claudius. However, this does not please Nero, who wants both throne and Britannicus's fianc…

A Bill of Divorcement

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Clemence Dane


A Bill of Divorcement describes a day in the lives of a middle-aged British woman named Margaret "Meg" Fairfield, her daughter Syd…

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