- Running time138 minutes
A story of love and magic – Shakespeare defies all expectations in this comedy
Helena loves the arrogant Bertram, and when she cures the King of France of his sickness, she claims Bertram as her reward. But her brand-new husband, flying from her to join the wars, attaches two obstructive conditions to their marriage – conditions he is sure will never be met.
All’s Well That Ends Well grinds the romantic against the realistic at every turn, and brilliantly reverses all the usual expectations of Shakespearean comedy. Some of Shakespeare’s most inventive language gives life not just to his single-minded heroine and her churlish lover, but also to a fantastic cast of frauds, cynics, sentimentalists and buffoons.
Playing alongside the fabulous Janie Dee as the Countess of Rousillon are some familiar faces. Helena will be played by Ellie Piercy (Liberty and The Merry Wives of Windsor), while her Bertram is Sam Crane, whose Hotspur in Henry IV last season won great acclaim. James Garnon (King James I in Anne Boleyn) will play the cowardly parasite Parolles.
This will be the first production of All’s Well That Ends Well at the Globe.
This production will employ Jacobean costume, staging and music.
Approx. runtime: 2 hrs 35 mins, including interval.
Director: John Dove
Designer: Michael Taylor
Composer: William Lyons
King of France: Sam Cox
Helena: Ellie Piercy
Bertram: Sam Crane
Lafew: Michael Bertenshaw
Diana: Naomi Cranston
Duke of Florence/
Rynaldo: John Cummins
Countess of Rousillon: Janie Dee
First Soldier: Ben Deery
Mariana: Mary Doherty
Widow: Sophie Duval
Second Lord: Will Featherstone
Parolles: James Garnon
First Lord: Peter Hamilton-Dyer
Lavatch: Colin Hurley
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