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The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins

A full-cast production by The Online Stage.

Just days after the wedding of Valeria Brinton and Eustace Woodville, a series of strange incidents causes Valeria to believe her husband is hiding a dark secret. She discovers he has been living under a false name, and when questioned, Eustace refuses to discuss it. Upon further digging, Valeria finds Eustace had been on trial three years ago for the murder of his wife. However, the verdict had come down as the scotch verdict of not proven. This implied his guilt, but there was not enough evidence for a conviction nor did it exonerate him. Desperate to prove Eustace is innocent and to restore their newlywed bliss, Valeria stands strong in the face of adversity, meeting a very strange man named Miserrimus Dexter, who will be paramount in uncovering the truth.

Cast:

Valeria Macallan - Amanda Friday

Eustace Macallan - Tyler Hyrchuk

Old Benjamin - David Stifel

Sara Macallan - Danielle Cohen

Mrs. Macallan - Elizabeth Klett

Miserrimus Dexter - Rob Goll

Mr. Playmore - Graham Scott

Major Fitz-David - Jeff Moon

Ariel - Anna Grace

Miss Hoighty - Leanne Yau

Lady Brydehaven - Sarah Mitchell

Christina Ormsay - P. J. Morgan

Oliver - Alan Weyman

Doctor - Marty Krz

Mr. Gale - Andy Harrington

Various other roles played by members of the company.

Audio edited by Amanda Friday

Public Domain (P)2020 The Online Stage

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  • 05-03-21

A great listen. Fabulous plot and characters

The story is told from the perspective of the main character Valeria Brinton and she is a feisty, determined character, undeterred by the pleadings and instructions of family and friends. She herself frequently refers to her own ‘obstinacy’. It is this obstinacy or grit, that powers the story and propels the plot forward. It also makes her a strong, female character that strikes a chord today. Is it obstinacy or the courage to fight for what you believe in? The other characters include the husband (Eustace Woodville), the object of suspicion, the difficult mother in law (Mrs Woodville), the dry, Scottish lawyer, the kind oldest friend and the mysterious and mad Miserimus Dexter. These are all played with distinctive and ‘on the button’ voices and the drama races along, each chapter dealing with and disposing of another obstacle.

The book is fictional and the narrative is first person and linear. The unfolding of the plot and the gradual revealing of the whole story keeps the reader guessing and the book captures beautifully the interaction between character and plot.

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