All's Well That Ends Well (National Theatre, 11th July 2009)

Once upon a time……. in a castle on the mountain where the ravens croaked, the young girl mourned the death of her physician father brought up by the Countess Rossillion. Rossillion was a dark place. Then Helena fell in love with the Countess’ son, Bertram, and it should have ended happily ever after. For her wedding Helena wore a beautiful jewel encrusted white dress. But all was not well. Bertram did not love his bride and after a journey across Europe…..all’s well that ends well.

The National Theatre’s All’s Well that Ends Well is a beautiful production taking all the elements of a fairy story and adding the sense of being in an animated world. Using shadows and silhouettes to great effect, as an audience we are not sure what is real and what isn’t. Starting with a darkened stage the productions becomes lit as the action moves towards resolution. With its stunning set and wonderful performances, Marianne Elliot’s production of All’s Well That Ends Well is well worth a visit. This is one of the best things I have seen this season. It will be great to see it on NTlive, but I’m not sure that the cinema experience will be a substitute for being in the Olivier while all is revealed before you.

Reviews and Previews

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Official London Guide review of All’s Well
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