About the show
Love will stop at nothing in All’s Well That Ends Well at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe’s indoor space.
Following her critically acclaimed production of The Taming Of The Shrew in 2016, director Caroline Byrne returns to Shakespeare’s Globe. This time around the inventive director brings her unique style to William Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well.
The death of Helena’s father leaves the young woman an orphan. Whilst living with her adopted family, she falls in love with the family’s son, Bertram. With both Helena and Bertram mourning their fathers, it seems perhaps they will be able to comfort each other. Bertram, however, leaves home to become the King’s ward. His absence provokes Helena to embark on a dramatic journey and declaration of love. But does this impress Bertram? Unfortunately not. The more Helena tries, the further Bertram runs from her. Determined not to be spurned, Helena only renews her efforts. This is one woman who knows exactly what she wants, and who’s not afraid to expend all her efforts on getting it.
Ellora Torchia stars as Helena, while Will Merrick plays Bertram. Nigel Cooke plays the King of France, with Martina Laird as the Countess of Rossillion. Paige Carter, Imogen Doel, Buchan Lennon, Louisa Mai Newberry, Shaun Mason, Rob Pickavance and Hannah Ringham complete the cast.
Shakespeare wrote All’s Well That Ends Well between 1604 and 1605. It is traditionally considered to be one of the dramatist’s ‘problem plays’ because of its blend of comedy and tragedy.
Byrne’s other directorial credits include Oliver Twist at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Eclipsed at Gate Theatre, where she was formerly an Associate Director.
Dramaturgy is by Annie Siddons. Colin Richmond provides the show’s design.
All’s Well That End’s Well runs from 11 January – 3 March 2018 at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Map & Location
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
21 New Globe Walk