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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 2004 production of All’s Well That Ends Well. Directed by Gregory Doran with Judi Dench as the Countess.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
2004
Duration
160 mins

Credits

Director
Gregory Doran
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Paul Englishby
Production Design
Stephen Brimson Lewis
Costume
Deirdre Clancy
Cast
Judi DenchCountess of Roussillon
Gary WaldhornKing of France
Jamie GloverBertram
Claudie BlakleyHelen
Guy HenryParoles
Aimee CowenMariana
Arthur KohnReynaldo
Brendan O’HeaMorgan (Interpreter)
Charles KayLafeu
Colm GormleyAustringer
Colm GormleySoldier
Jane MaudWidow Capilet
Mark LambertLavatch (a clown)
Miles RichardsonLord Dumaine (Lord)
Oliver SentonLord Dumaine (Lord)
Sarah Jane WolversonViolenta
Shelley ConnDiana
Tim DelapSoldier
Will GeereSoldier

Additional Details

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

Notes

General
The production marked the long-awaited return of Dame Judi Dench to the RSC after 25 years.

Gregory Doran wanted to relate the production to a specific moment in English history. He believes there are close parallels between William Herbert, the 3rd Earl of Pembroke, and Bertram. He is convinced that Shakespeare wrote All’s Well for the Pembrokes in order to persuade the son of the house to marry. The company visited Wilton House (near Salisbury, in Wiltshire) to do some research.
History
The production opened 3 December 2003 at the Swan Theatre and ended 7 February 2004. It then moved to the Gielgud Theatre, London 18 February-8 May 2004.
Awards
Deirdre Clancy won an Olivier Award for Costume Design.
Reviews
Detailed comments from the director, actors and actresses (including Judi Dench) on their approach to their roles and the rehearsal process, and from the production and costume designers can be read at http://www.rsc.org.uk/allswell/current/home.html

Jackson, Russell. Shakespeare Quarterly 55 (2004), pp177-99 (in review article).

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 Birthplace Collections

Email
collections@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/collections/ External site opens in new window
Address
Shakespeare Centre
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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