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All’s Well That Ends Well

Alternative title
The Shakespeare Plays
Synopsis
A television production of the play with Robert Lindsay, Pippa Guard, Michael Hordern and Donald Sinden; Celia Johnson is the Countess.
Series
BBC Television Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
Great Britain; United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
23 Jul 1980
Transmission details
4 Jan 1981 at 19:15 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
155 mins

Credits

Director
Elijah Moshinsky
Producer
Jonathan Miller
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Stephen Oliver
Costume
Colin Lavers
Contributor
David Snodin
Cast
Celia JohnsonCountess of Roussillon
Donald SindenKing of France
Ian CharlesonBertram
Angela DownHelen
Peter JeffreyParoles
Aubert YvesThird Bachelor (Lord)
Dominic JephcottLord Dumaine (2nd)
James SimmonsFirst Bachelor (Lord)
John SegalSecond Bachelor (Lord)
Joolia CapplemanMariana
Kevin StoneyReynaldo
Max ArthurSecond Gentleman (Gentleman)
Michael HordernLafeu
Nickolas GraceInterpreter
Paul BrookeLavatch (a clown)
Peter SandsFourth Bachelor (Lord)
Pippa GuardDiana
Robert LindsayLord Dumaine (1st)
Rosemary LeachWidow Capilet
Terence McGinityFirst Gentleman (Gentleman)
Valentine DyallAstringer (Austringer)

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
17th Century
Plays
All’s Well That Ends Well
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; performances; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
All’s Well That Ends Well
All’s Well That Ends Well
BBC TV Shakespeare Collection, The

Notes

Notes
The production is commercially available on DVD as part of the BBC TV SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION box set (see separate entry).
General
All’s Well That Ends Well is the first play that Elijah Moshinsky directed for television.
History
This production was part of the third season (produced by Jonathan Miller). Recording took 7 days.
Textual information
Between 1978 and 1986 the BBC published individual scripts of the series. Each volume of The BBC TV Shakespeare, ed. Peter Alexander et al. (London: British Broadcasting Corporation) contains the full text of the play (the Peter Alexander edition) with accompanying notes on the scene breaks and cuts made in the production, as well as a glossary. A general introduction to the play by series literary advisor John Wilders is followed by an essay on the production of the play by Henry Fenwick. This is based on interviews with actors, directors, and designers.
Reviews
Susan Willis, The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991).

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Name

Time-Life Films Inc

Phone
0101 201 843 4545
Address
PO Box 644
NJ 07652
USA

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Simply Home Entertainment

Email
info@simplyhe.co.uk
Web
https://www.simplyhe.com External site opens in new window
Phone
0844 848 2000
Address
PO Box 7741
Ringwood
BH24 9FA
Notes
Online retailer specialising in DVDs on aviation, maritime, military and transport history, British heritage and some more general non-fiction topics, as well as television dramas and documentaries. Sale online or via retail outlets. Formerly known as DD Home Entertainment.
Name

Trumedia Ltd

Contact
Bill Cotton
Email
sales@trumedia.co.uk
Web
https://trumedia.co.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01865 847837
Fax
01865 847837
Address
9 Meadow View
Kidlington
Kidlington
OX5 2XY
Notes
Trumedia supplies video tapes and DVDs to UK schools, colleges and universities and is geared up to take official orders from educational institutions. The catalogue highlights programmes likely to be of use in the curriculum, but the company can supply any video in current UK distribution, as well as some deleted titles. Particularly strong in the areas of English literature and drama, as well as history, natural history, art & artists, and foreign language films.

Online Retailer

Name

Moviemail

Web
https://www.simplyhe.com/3000-moviemail External site opens in new window
Phone
0844 848 2000
Address
Simply Home Entertainment
PO Box 7741
Ringwood
BH24 9FA
UK
Notes
As of December 2016 the Moviemail web presence is incorporated within the Simply Media website

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