cover image Arcadia


Tom Stoppard, , read by a full cast. . L.A. Theatre Works, $29.95 ( , unabridged, three CDs, 2.75 hrs., $29.95 ISBN p) ISBN 978-1-58081-596-3

A talented ensemble delivers an unforgettable performance of Stoppard's classic. The play—set at Sidley Park, an English country house—features dual plot lines and shifts between the early 19th and the present: in 1809, we follow the adventures of tutor Septimus Hodge (Douglas Weston) as he attempts to educate the young Thomasina Croom (Jennifer Dundas) while engaging in an illicit affair with a guest and warding off her poet–cum–would-be duelist husband. In modern times, popular author Hanna Jarvis (Kate Burton) and university professor and Lord Byron devotee Bernard Nightingale (Gregory Itzin) converge at Sidley Park as they work to unravel the truth about the mysterious events of 1809 and its ramifications for literary history. Featuring brilliant performances from Itzin, Burton and Weston, this audio brims with humor and spirit as it delves into the nature of truth, the validity of history, and the relationship between past and present; truly a standout and a real treat for listeners. (Sept.)