Study Aids for Stage on Screen set text plays
Introduction by Tom Barnes
The Stage on Screen Study Aids are designed to be of help to students and their teachers who want to study in more detail the plays Stage on Screen are presenting.
I am a working teacher of English & English Literature A Level, GCSE and Key Stage Three, so I know what I would want from a website and have tried to include it. None of the ideas in this section should be taken as definitive: they are my own personal opinions and guides to study.
Production related questions
Are the productions professionally staged?
Yes. All our plays are professionally produced and staged at The Greenwich Theatre in London. Our Director, Elizabeth Freestone, has worked extensively with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Globe Theatre, as have most of the actors. For full details please take a look at the Cast and Crew pages of each play.
Are the texts used full and unabridged?
The text for Dr Faustus is the full, unabridged, A text. With A School for Scandal there are a few minor edits of lines that could only be understood by an audience in the late 18th Century. The Duchess of Malfi and Volpone have minimal editing. Where possible, in consultation with the Theatre Director, we will always look to produce unabridged texts. The texts of all plays are posted online for viewing.
Are the DVDs filmed during a performance with an audience present?
Yes, as it is our intention to capture, as closely as possible, both the “live” nature of the performance and the feeling of being a member of that audience: All four plays so far were filmed in front of capacity audiences at Greenwich Theatre.
Are the DVDs subtitled?
The main DVD of the play has optional subtitles in English.
Is the Stage on Screen logo in view on the commercial DVDs?
At present we have a selection of clips available to view on our website and on YouTube. The actual DVDs have no logo to view when being shown.
What formats are the DVDs available in?
When an order is placed, the country selected by the person ordering automatically determines which format we release. For the UK and Europe this would be PAL; for the US, Canada and certain other countries this would be NTSC.
If, however, you would like to order in a format other than your own country standard, (someone in the UK ordering a copy for a friend in America, for instance) please contact us and we will make special arrangements.
Payment & Ordering related questions
Are the prices inclusive of VAT?
The packs are quoted exclusive of UK VAT. VAT will not be payable by customers outside of the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the channel islands).
How much is postage and packing, and how long does delivery take?
Our postage and packing rates and our delivery times are listed below.
UK: £3.20 (or £8.50 for the four-pack)
DVD delivery within 7-10 working days.
EUROPE: £4.90 (or £12 for the four-pack)
Delivery within 10-14 working days.
REST OF WORLD: £11.50 (or £22.50 for the four-pack)
Delivery within 28 working days. NB: SoS use the Royal Mail “signed for” system for all International (outside Europe) deliveries.
My organisation wants to pay by cheque. How does this work?
Please note that payment by cheque is available to UK buyers only. Please email us with your order. We will then email you confirmation of your order and an order number.
You should then post us a cheque for the full amount, together with your order number, to Stage on Screen Limited, 20 Thayer Street, London, W1U 2DD. Once cleared, we will process your order. Cheques should be made out to Stage on Screen Limited.
Susan Elkin, The Stage
The Duchess of Malfi is a tragedy that tells the story of a spirited duchess who secretly marries her steward, despite the opposition of her two brothers, leading to her destruction.READ MORE
Volpone is a play hat tells the story of a wealthy Venetian nobleman named Volpone who has no heir and is feigning illness to lure potential heirs into his elaborate scheme.READ MORE
Doctor Faustus is a play about a German scholar who becomes dissatisfied with traditional forms of knowledge and decides to pursue magic, with disastrous consequences.READ MORE
The School for Scandal is a play set in the upper echelons of English society and follows the scandalous behaviour of various characters. The play satirises the gossip and intrigue that characterise the social world of the time.READ MORE