All’s Well that Ends Well – 1995

Director Eric Usher

‘The time will bring on summer when briars shall have leaves as well as thorns and be as sweet as sharp’

‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ has often been described as a ‘problem play’. It is neither a comedy nor a tragedy. Nor can it be grouped with the late romances, for it is very different in tone. Some detect a similarity with the dark comedies such as ‘Measure for Measure” but its shadows are lighter and the atmosphere generally is much brighter.

In fact, it is the ambiguity of the play which gives ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ its special fascination. It is certainly a very challenging work to stage and we are very excited to be presenting it for the first time for ‘Shakespeare at The George’. The play is rarely performed, which is regrettable as it is a distinguished and haunting work that manages to combine maturity and subtlety. A ‘wintry play’ which, nevertheless, manages to look forward to the glory of high summer as personified by the flowering of the sweet briar. We hope that the summer atmosphere of the courtyard will enable our audiences to truly appreciate this rather neglected play in the kind of setting in which it would originally have been performed.

Cast

THE DOWAGER COUNTESS OF ROSSILLION Mo Pearce

BERTRAM, COUNT OF ROSSILLION, HER SON Nicholas Thompson

HELENA, AN ORPHAN ATTENDING ON THE COUNTESS Amanda Briggs

LAVATCH, THE COUNTESS’S CLOWN Darren Rawnsley

RYNALDO, STEWARD TO THE COUNTESS Jack Hyde

PAROLLES, BERTRAM’S COMPANION Brian Williams

THE KING OF FRANCE Michael Williamson

LORD LAFEW Mike Storey

FIRST LORD DUMAINE John Shippey

and his brother,

SECOND LORD DUMAINE Bob Pugh

FRENCH GENTLEMAN Andrew Suttie

INTERPRETER, A FRENCH SOLDIER John Freeman

FRENCH LORDS AND SOLDIERS Michael Black, Hedley Allen, John Freeman, Andrew Suttie

THE DUKE OF FLORENCE Aidan Hervey

WIDOW CAPILET OF FLORENCE Marianne Tomkins

DIANA CAPILET, HER DAUGHTER Shannon Milson

Production Team

Director Eric Usher

Stage Manager Claire Goovaerts

Stage Team Karen Buckley, John Freemen, Matthew Redman, Douglas Cooper, John Morgan, Maureen Yule, Dee Wormald, Hedley Allen

Stage Construction Nigel Callaghan & Team

Set Design Bob Pugh

Poster Design Kate Rogers

Costumes Wendy Usher, Terry Dick, Mo Pearce

Continuity Vivienne Dyer

Photographs Simon Ellis ABIPP AMPA

Lighting Design Andy Kendon

Lighting Team Roger Blackmore, Malcolm Lyons, Mel Pugsley, Andy Kendon

Sound Design Gerry Davison

Sound Technicians Graeme Hammond, Maggie Redgrave, Mel Pugsley

Make-Up Jan Sheppeard, Kathy Williams & Team

Publicity Martine Peulevé & Team

Box Office Cheryl Cook, Michael Cook

Front of House & Sales Adam Greaves, Trish James plus members and friends

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