19th Century British Novels

Various Authors


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Book — Around the World in 80 Days

Jules Verne’s classic adventure tale is reimagined for the stage in this enchanting adaptation.

Acting Edition — Dracula

Neil LaBute brings a rich theatricality and his provocative way with language and story to the world of Count Dracula, Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker, and his beloved Mina — this time, with very much a mind of her own — infusing the classic gothic tale of terror, obsession, and pathos with a modern edge. Chilling yet stylish in its atmosphere, dark yet deeply human in its emotional impact, Neil LaBute's DRACULA is a tribute to both LaBute's dramatic vision and the timelessness of Stoker's novel.

Book — Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Based on the classic novella, this original adaptation takes you to the dismal streets of London in the 1860s, where societal pressures silence a gentle doctor's questions about the nature of morality. As the pressure intensifies, Dr Jekyll takes matters into his own hands. However, things take an eerie turn when his experiment takes on a life of its own. Will his efforts save the world, or will they destroy all that he holds dear? After all, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Book — Frankenstein

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1816, and it caught the public imagination almost immediately. The first stage adaptation was written in 1823, and since then countless film versions, parodies, and modern interpretations have changed the associations we have with the Frankenstein name. Shelley's novel offers many pleasures, but fulfilling the horror-movie expectations of the modern reader isn't one of them. This adaptation attempts to be faithful to Shelley's original themes, characters, mood, and literary sensibility while at the same time giving an audience a little bit more of what it expects from something called “Frankenstein.” It's George Bernard Shaw meets Stephen King.

Book — Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s mastery of manners and morals is on full display in Christopher Baker’s acclaimed stage adaptation of her beloved masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice. In the Bennet sisters’ world, marriage is the prize, but for second-eldest, Lizzy, companionship trumps blind courtship. Enter Mr. Darcy, and one of literature’s most iconic and tempestuous romances takes flight. Journey through a world quite unlike — and yet perhaps not so different from — our own, as Lizzy and Darcy learn that first impressions aren’t all they seem, and that second chances can lead to answers that have been there the entire time.


Travel back in time to the 19th century on a globe-trotting adventure, visit the parlors and ballrooms of the English aristocracy, or peer into the dark science of the Industrial Revolution that made monsters of men.

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“Pure, unadulterated magic … utterly beguiling … a high-spirited, imagination-filled escapade … Laura Eason’s exceptionally graceful adaptation of the Jules Verne classic … manages to be both wise and fun-filled … it lays its bets on enchantment and invariably comes up a winner … a show that should sail the world. Highly recommended.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Light, cheerful and greatly entertaining … laudably committed to its theatricality … Eason’s staging is full of the visual imagination … It’s all a great deal of fun.” —Chicago Tribune

“An engaging, family-friendly show. Highly recommended.” —The Chicago Reader

“Eason’s affable adaptation plays up elements of Verne’s novel that are sometimes forgotten … Eason moves stylishly from set piece to set piece, from the cuckoo-clock orchestration of Fogg’s London life to teacups sliding across a shipboard table.” —Time Out Chicago

“A rollicking trek … Phileas Fogg, the imperturbable hero of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, has returned to New York … Never journeyed with Fogg? Allow me. He is a London bachelor of independent means so regular in his habits that he fires a manservant for serving him a cup of tea at the wrong temperature. One day, at his club, Fogg wagers 20,000 pounds that a man can now make it around the world in 80 days and sets off that same night, with his new valet Passepartout, a former tightrope walker, in baffled tow. Traveling by train, boat and sledge, rescuing a plucky Indian widow along the way, he treats time zones like his own personal hopscotch court … How exhilarating it must have been, in an era before discount cruises and air travel, when most readers would count themselves lucky to journey a town or two away. How thrilling is it now? Still pretty thrilling.” —Alexis Soloski, The New York Times


“The battle of good vs. evil has rarely been so entertaining.” —John Staton, Star News

“As a piece of theatre, it is fascinating, invigorating and challenging to the deepest parts of our very sense of self.” —Gwenyfar Rohler, Encore Magazine

“This is my favorite kind of theater — physical, inventive, ingenious and funny. Burt Grinstead and Anna Stromberg’s comedic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is theatrical catnip — you just can’t get enough of it.” —Jacquelyn Claire, StageBiz.com

“If you are a fan of the book (you know which book I mean) then this is the comedy you’ve been waiting for. Two madcap theater artists have come up with an 80-minute retelling of the horrors unleashed by imprudent, self-indulgent science that leads to murderous, anti-social schizophrenia. All done with wit and style that had me laughing from the opening minutes to the very end.” —Larry Littany Litt, NYTheatre-Wire.com

“As playwrights, they have also infused the story with contemporary relevance: heightening the social commentary and playing up the frustrations associated with Victorian era repression by providing Jekyll with a feminist love interest. It all works to tell a tale that is at once familiar and completely fresh.” —Cathy Hammer, TheUnforgettableLine.com


“Stunning … Hilarious.” —Gina Jun, DC Metro Theater Arts

“While respectful of Austen, [Baker] does not aim for mere imitation or by-the-numbers re-creation; the dialogue sounds authentic and natural. This is, above all, an entertaining work of theater … Most impressive, perhaps, is how Baker does all of this without making it feel forced. Even though we know right from the get-go that ever-so-independent-minded Elizabeth Bennet and haughty Mr. Darcy will eventually overcome their initial dislike for each other, their journey remains intriguing, each bump in the road delivering sufficient jolt, with the final destination delivering a true emotional payoff. Note, too, the abundant humor. This PRIDE AND PREJUDICE gets a good deal of amusing mileage from Austen’s deft targeting of stuffiness, hypocrisy and social machinations — traits all too prevalent in our day, too, as you might have noticed.” —Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

“The story has been seamlessly tightened without losing the essence that has enchanted generations of Austenites through multiple interpretations.” —Tina Saratsiotis, Broadway World

“Jane Austen fans may demurely balk at the liberties taken in Christopher Baker’s adaptation (where the hell is Kitty, some might quibble), but … the adaptation [has] a pleasing cinematic quality, where both the dialogue and the action move swiftly along … Baker’s subtle shift from Elizabeth and Darcy’s love match to Mrs. Bennet’s public quest for security for her daughters is an intriguing one. Austen fans, do not despair — the wicked banter and undeniable chemistry between Elizabeth and Darcy is still very much front and center … Austen’s pointed and feathery commentary on society’s social climbers, schemers, hypocrites and stuffed shirts is there as well. However, there is a sharp emphasis on marriage as commerce.” —Jayne Blanchard, DC Theater Scene

About the Author


  • Jules Verne

    Jules Gabriel Verne (1828 – 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction.

  • Laura Eason

    Laura Eason is the author of twenty plays, original work and adaptation, a musical book writer, and screenwriter. Selected productions of full-length plays include SEX WITH STRANGERS (Second Stage Theatre, NYC; Signature Theatre, DC; Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago; Sydney Theatre Company, AU; published by Overlook Press); THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and Women's Project Theater, NYC; Rising Phoenix Rep, NYC); THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (Hartford Stage, CT; New Victory Theater, NYC; People's Light & Theatre Company, PA; Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY; The Kansas City Repertory Theatre; The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Denver Center; published by DPS), and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (New Vic and Royal Exchange, UK; Lookingglass Theatre Company; Baltimore Center Stage; published by Broadway Play Publishing). Produced short plays include: MR. SMITTEN (Humana Festival), CITI MOMS (Women's Project Theater, NYC), USA-001A (American Theater Company, Chicago), JACK AND THE COLLECTION (WET, NYC), LOST BOY IN THE RUINED CITY (Theatre Seven, Chicago), IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED (City Theatre, Miami), and LOST IN THE SUPERMARKET (Vital Theatre Company, NYC), among others. She wrote the book for the musicals DAYS LIKE TODAY, music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler (Writers Theatre, Chicago) and SUMMERLAND, music by Jenny Giering, lyrics by Sean Barry (Chicago Shakespeare Theater commission). Additional plays include: THE VAST IN-BETWEEN (Denver Center commission, also developed by Vineyard Theatre, NYC), REMARKABLE INVISIBLE (Ambassador Theatre Group commission), EVERY REASON TO HOPE AND BELIEVE (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis commission), 40 DAYS (NEA grant, developed by New York Theatre Workshop), PLAINFIELD ACE (developed by Two River Theater, NJ and Atlantic Theater Company, NYC) and an adaptation of HANS BRINKER AND THE SILVER SKATES (Arden Theatre Company commission), among others. As a screenwriter, Laura wrote on season two and three of the Emmy-winning Netflix show House of Cards. She is an Ensemble Member and former Artistic Director of Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre (2011 Regional Tony Award). In New York, she is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, New Georges, and a Women's Project Playwright's Lab alumna.

  • Bram Stoker

    Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish author who is celebrated for his 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula. In his early years, Stoker worked as a theatre critic for an Irish newspaper and wrote stories as well as commentaries. He also enjoyed travelling, particularly to Cruden Bay where he set two of his novels. During another visit to the English coastal town of Whitby, Stoker drew inspiration for writing Dracula. He died on April 20, 1912 due to Locomotor ataxia and was cremated in north London. Since his death, his magnum opus Dracula has become one of the most well known works in English literature, and the novel has been adapted for numerous films, short stories and plays.

  • Neil LaBute

    Neil LaBute received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London. He also attended the Sundance Institute's Playwrights Lab and is the Playwright-in-Residence with MCC Theatre in New York City. LaBute's plays include: BASH: LATTER-DAY PLAYS, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, THE MERCY SEAT, THE DISTANCE FROM HERE, AUTOBAHN, FAT PIG (Olivier Award nominated for Best Comedy), SOME GIRL(S), THIS IS HOW IT GOES, WRECKS, FILTHY TALK FOR TROUBLED TIMES, IN A DARK DARK HOUSE, REASONS TO BE PRETTY (Tony Award nominated for Best Play) and THE BREAK OF NOON. In 2011 his play IN A FOREST, DARK AND DEEP premiered in London's West End. LaBute is also the author of Seconds of Pleasure, a collection of short fiction which was published by Grove Atlantic. His films include In the Company of Men (New York Critics' Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmaker Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival), Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things, a film adaptation of his play of the same title, The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral.

  • Robert Louis Stevenson

    Robert Louis Stevenson (born Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson; 13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, essayist, poet and travel writer. He is best known for works such as Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Kidnapped and A Child's Garden of Verses.

  • Burt Grinstead

    Burt Grinstead is an actor, writer, producer, and director. As an actor, he has appeared on television in numerous network, cable and internet programs, starred in many films, and continues to make appearances on stages around the world. As a director, producer, and writer, Grinstead has teamed up with the talented Anna Stromberg to create Blanket Fort Entertainment, a multi-media production company focused of developing fast-paced, fun, and compelling work. Check out BurtGrinstead.com for more information on Grinstead's acting career. Go to BlanketFortEntertaiment.com and become a part of the stories Grinstead and Stromberg are telling

  • Anna Stromberg

    Anna Stromberg is a writer, actor, director, and producer based in Los Angeles. She lived and worked in NYC for ten years, appearing in many Off-Broadway shows, and originating roles in works by Lyle Kessler and Derek Ahonen. A decade of workshopping plays with the likes of Broadway director Daniel Aukin has given her a unique perspective on the art of shaping a story. As a writer, she imbues each story with the kind of fierce intensity and quick pacing she learned to love as an actor. Her award-winning feature film, THE LOST FOOTAGE OF LEAH SULLIVAN, which she co-wrote with husband Burt Grinstead, is set to hit theaters in 2019. The pair are always writing. His propensity for plot-driven stories, combined with her love of the written word create a dynamic team. She is now working on a young adult fantasy story.

  • Mary Shelley

    Mary Shelley (1797 – 1851) was a novelist and the wife of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her most famous novel is Frankenstein. She also wrote the novels Valperga (1823), The Last Man (1826), and the autobiographical Lodore (1835). Her final novel, Mathilde, was published posthumously.

  • Austin Tichenor

    Austin Tichenor is a playwright, lyricist, songwriter, director, and actor. He's the co-author of nine COMPLETE (abridged) stage comedies, which have been produced around the world, published in two countries, and translated into over a dozen languages; the beautifully illustrated (by Jennie Maizels) children's book for all ages Pop-Up Shakespeare; the irreverent reference book Reduced Shakespeare: The Complete Guide for the Attention-Impaired (abridged); the comic memoir How The Bible Changed Our Lives (Mostly For The Better) for all e-book platforms; the half-hour film The Ring Reduced for UK's Channel 4; the half-hour pilot The Week Reduced for TBS; and the six episode Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show for the BBC World Service. He also produces and hosts the weekly Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast, which was named one of Broadway World's Top Ten Podcasts for Theatre Fans. Austin is an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theatre workshop and has written over a dozen plays and musicals for young audiences. His full-length one-act DANCING ON THE CEILING (an adaptation of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis") and adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN are both published by Broadway Play Publishing, and he directed the world premiere of his adaptation of New York Times bestselling author Jasper Fforde's THE EYRE AFFAIR in 2016. As co-managing partner of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, he has performed with them around the world, Off-Broadway, in London's West End, in the PBS version of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (abridged), and at such theaters as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, American Repertory Theatre, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. On TV, Austin played recurring roles on 24, Alias, Felicity, Ally McBeal, and The Practice, and guest starred as Guys In Ties on The West Wing, The X-Files, ER, The Mentalist, Nip/Tuck, Gilmore Girls, and on many other hours of episodic television. He's also performed his own material many times on NPR and the BBC, performed with both the Oakland Symphony and in Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and acted in the midwest premiere of Lauren Gunderson's THE BOOK OF WILL at Chicago's Northlight Theatre, and in the world premiere of IN THE GARDEN: A DARWINIAN LOVE STORY with Chicago's Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company. Austin is a fifth-generation Californian who was born on the 54th anniversary of the San Francisco Earthquake and the 185th anniversary of Paul Revere's Ride, which makes him older than he looks but short for his weight. Austin is a member of the Dramatists Guild, has a BA in History and Theatre from UC Berkeley and an MFA from Boston University, and currently lives in Chicago with his improviser and writer wife Dee Ryan, their two kids, and too many cats.

  • Jane Austen

    Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 in north-east Hampshire, England, to the Reverend George Austen and his wife, Cassandra. She had a sister and six brothers. In 1783, along with her sister, she was sent to boarding school. While at school both sisters nearly died of fever, possibly from typhus. Jane left school in 1786. Even as a child she loved writing and wrote a number of short stories. About 1795 she wrote her first novel, Elinor and Marianne. In the years 1796–97 she wrote another novel, First Impressions, later published as Pride and Prejudice. Then in 1798–99 she wrote a novel named Susan. It was published posthumously as Northanger Abbey in 1817. In 1801 Jane moved with her sister and parents to Bath. A tall, slim woman, in 1802 she received a proposal of marriage from a man named Harris Bigg-Wither. At first Jane accepted but changed her mind and never married. In 1807 Jane moved to Southampton. She lived there until 1809. At that time Southampton was a flourishing port town with a population of over 8,000. In 1809 she moved to the little village of Chawton in north Hampshire. In 1811 Sense and Sensibility was published. Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814. Emma followed in 1816. She also wrote Persuasion, but she died before it could be published. It was published posthumously in 1817. Jane died on 18 July 1817 at only 41 years old and was buried in Winchester Cathedral.

  • Christopher Baker

    Christopher Baker is a playwright, dramaturg, producer, director and teacher. His play CALLIOPE JAM premiered at the Alley Theatre in Houston and his LINCOLN: AN AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE was workshopped at Center Stage in Baltimore. As a dramaturg, Baker has worked on productions Off-Broadway and at theatres across the country, including the Alley Theater, American Repertory Theater, Hartford Stage, PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Shakespeare Theatre. For fourteen years he was a member of the artistic staff at Hartford Stage, serving in various capacities, including Associate Artistic Director, Associate Producer and Senior Dramaturg. He is the author of Shakespeare in an Hour and Molière in an Hour and is a contributor to The Production Notebooks, African American Connecticut Explored and The Lively ART. Baker teaches at the University of Massachusetts and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America.