ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
12 October - 2 November 2019
The orphaned daughter of a doctor, Helena travels to Paris offering her services to the ailing Queen. After miraculously curing the 'incurable', she sets out on a journey across war-torn Europe to find her childhood sweetheart, Bertram.
Part fairy-tale, part adventure, All’s Well That Ends Well is an enchanting story that draws on the classic themes of folk and fairy tales; with four extraordinary women at its heart. One of Shakespeare’s most intensely romantic plays, it is a powerful portrait of what it is to be unafraid to follow your dreams.
The GSC Production
Adapted for six actors and featuring two pianos, played live on stage, our 43rd show is directed by long-term GSC collaborator Tom Littler (Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado, Twelfth Night). Expect a magical and intimate production, drenched in the music of memory. Join us in a brand-new venue, St Nicolas' Church, for a truly special staging of this rarely seen Shakespeare gem.
Praise for All's Well That Ends Well: "A fairy tale for grown ups" The Guardian ~ "Leaves the audience reeling by happiness at the end" The Independent
A co-production with Jermyn Street Theatre, London's leading off-West End theatre. Following its Guildford run, All's Well That Ends Well will transfer to Jermyn Street in November, marking GSC's first London transfer.
"Hannah Morrish gives the production a spirit that is luminous... a bravado production" Surrey Advertiser
"Tom Littler's expert direction... All performances are excellent" British Theatre Guide
"One of the best bits of theatre I think I have ever experienced. I was so moved by it"
"I'm still wiping the tears from my eyes, it's just magnificent. I've never seen anything like it"
"Intriguing and touching, dark and funny... loved the music"
"Bring a hankie"
- audience reactions
“The web of our life is a mingled yarn, good and ill together”
Meet our fabulous cast...
HANNAH MORRISH (Ian Charleson Award runner-up for Octavia in Anthony and Cleopatra – National Theatre, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Coriolanus – RSC) and GAVIN FOWLER (Troilus in Troilus and Cressida, Salome – RSC) play Helena and Bertram.
They are joined by MIRANDA FOSTER (Dance Nation – Almeida, Hamlet – Shakespeare’s Globe World Tour) as the Countess of Rousillon and ROBERT MOUNTFORD (Much Ado About Nothing – RSC, Macbeth in Macbeth – Tara Arts) as Parolles.
Diana is played by CERI-LYN CISSONE (Persuasion – UK tour, The Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare’s Globe), and the acclaimed actor and cabaret performer STEFAN BEDNARCZYK plays Lafew. Stefan and Ceri-Lyn will also be playing our two on-stage pianos.
Some of you might recognise GAVIN and ROBERT from previous GSC shows: Gavin appeared as the title role in Robin Hood and Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost last summer; Robert played Polixenes in our 2016, Victorian-set production of The Winter’s Tale in Holy Trinity Church, and appeared in our 2018 Sonnet Walks at West Horsley Place.
HELENA Hannah Morrish
BERTRAM Gavin Fowler
COUNTESS OF ROUSILLON Miranda Foster
PAROLLES Robert Mountford
DIANA Cery-Lyn Cissone
LAFEW Stefan Bednarczyk
Director Tom Littler
Set & Costume Design Neil Irish and Anett Black (Associate Designer)
Lighting Design Mark Dymock
Sound Design Matt Eaton
Music Stefan Bednarczyk
Movement Cydney Uffindell-Phillips
Films Silvertip Films