Wienerworld has teamed up with Stage on Screen to release a brand new series of classic plays aimed at the student, teacher, lecturer and theatre lover alike. Each production is highly polished, using professional actors and directors at London s award-winning Greenwich theatre, which specialises in productions for young people. Filmed in crystal clear High Definition, these DVDs have been designed to deliver the look and feel of a live performance, to be watched and enjoyed again and again. Theatre on DVD - the new way to enjoy stage plays and bring set texts to life! This 3 disc Education & Library Pack edition comprises 3 separate elements: // The main DVD of the play with optional subtitles, plus scene selection for easy replaying of key scenes // An extras DVD including interviews with the director, production designer, costume designer and key actors // Mastershot DVD -- this is the complete play filmed from the point of view of a single camera mastershot. It allows the viewer to see all the lighting and scene changes, as well as all entrances and exits of the actors *** Volpone has long been a popular choice as a set text for students. Written by Ben Jonson, it was first produced in 1606. Billed as a comedy, it also includes elements of tragedy and even animal fable (Volpone is Italian for fox ). In essence, it s a dark satire on greed and lust, and remains Jonson s most performed work. The action takes place in seventeenth-century Venice, over the course of one day. The chief characters are Volpone, a rich libertine and conman, and Mosca, his self-seeking servant. They cause chaos with an audacious fraud designed to part the city s wealthiest from their fortunes. The tale twists and turns, as all the characters attempt to deceive each other, until the whole scheme finally collapses, with disastrous consequences for Volpone.
'The two leads have the makings of a delicious double act, Bremmer snuffling with mirth into his ginger furs as Hadfield makes boobies of the avaricious hypocrites with easy wit.' --The Times