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All’s Well That Ends Well

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1981 production of All’s Well That Ends Well. Directed by Trevor Nunn with Peggy Ashcroft as the Countess.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
12 Feb 1983
Duration
180 mins

Credits

Director
Trevor Nunn
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Guy Woolfenden
Production Design
John Gunter
Cast
Peggy AshcroftCountess of Roussillon
John Franklyn-RobbinsKing of France
Philip FranksBertram
Stephen MooreParoles
Cheryl CampbellDiana
Christopher HurstGentleman/Soldier
David Lloyd MeredithReynaldo
David WhitakerGentleman/Soldier
Elizabeth RiderMaid/Lady/Waitress
Gary SharkeyGentleman/Soldier
Geoffrey HutchingsLavatch (a clown)
Gillian WebbWidow Capilet
Graham Turner (1)Gentleman/Soldier
Griffith JonesGentleman
John McAndrewServant
Julia HillsMariana
Julia HillsMaid/Lady
Peter EllisDuke of Florence
Peter LandLord Dumaine (1st)
Robert EddisonLafeu
Roger AllamMorgan (Soldier)
Sarah FinchMaid/Lady/ Waitress
Simon TemplemanLord Dumaine (2nd)
Susan Jane TannerMaid/Lady
Susan Jane TannerViolenta
Tom HunsingerGentleman/Soldier
Vivienne ArgentMaid/Lady/Waitress

Additional Details

Theatre
Barbican Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
Edwardian
Plays
All’s Well That Ends Well
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
`In 1981, however, Trevor Nunn did direct a production of what he calls "Shakespeare’s most Chekhovian Play", with Dame Peggy Ashcroft as the "gracious and compassionate" Countess of Rossillion and Harriet Walter as Helena in the Main House. It was a great success with audiences and critics alike. Michael Billington called it "a masterpiece", the Daily Mail critic called it "a glorious affirmation of the RSC’s power to make us look again at the Bard’s least popular play and find gold hidden in the text." www.rsc.org.uk.
"A brilliantly versatile set of white girders and glass which closely resembles a Victorian railway terminus. With the addition of telling period props it serves as drawing room, conservatory, Italian cafe, Parisian ballroom, and, appropriately enough as a makeshift field hospital on Florence station when the action shifts to the Italian wars. Its immediate use after Rossillion is as a military gymnasium in Paris where athletic French noblemen brandishing moustaches, vault and fence while the ailing monarch is wheeled on in his bath chair." Christopher Edwards, Plays and Players (November 1981).
History
The production opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre 5 July 1982 and transferred to the Barbican before going on tour. The RSC recording is from a performance at the Barbican.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Kliman, Bernice. Shakespeare Bulletin 1, no. 11 (1983), pp. 4-5.

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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