12 October – 2 November 2019 This autumn, the award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) join forces with the acclaimed Jermyn Street Theatre, London to present Shakespeare’s rarely performed bittersweet comedy ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. This will be GSC’s first London transfer.
All’s Well That Ends Well is an enchanting adventure story that draws on the classic themes of folk and fairy tales; with four extraordinary women at its heart. One of Shakespeare’s most intensely romantic plays, it is a powerful portrait of what it is to be unafraid to follow your dreams.
The orphaned daughter of a doctor, Helena travels to Paris offering her services to the ailing Queen. After miraculously curing the ‘incurable’, she sets out on a journey across war-torn Europe to find her childhood sweetheart, Bertram.
GAVIN FOWLER (Troilus in Troilus and Cressida, Salome – RSC) and HANNAH MORRISH (Ian Charleson Award runner- up for Anthony and Cleopatra – NT, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus – RSC) play Bertram and Helena. They are joined by MIRANDA FOSTER (Dance Nation – Almeida, Hamlet – Shakespeare’s Globe) as the Countess and ROBERT MOUNTFORD (Much Ado About Nothing – RSC, Macbeth in Macbeth – Tara Arts) as Parolles. Two pianos are played live by CERI-LYN CISSONE (Persuasion – UK tour, The Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare’s Globe), who also plays Diana, and by the acclaimed actor and cabaret performer STEFAN BEDNARCZYK, who plays Lafew.
For GSC, Gavin appeared in the title role in Robin Hood and as Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost (2018), whilst Robert
played Polixenes in their 2016 production of The Winter’s Tale in Holy Trinity Church.
For its Guildford run, the production will be staged in the intimate setting of the Victorian St Nicolas’ Church. Sitting on the banks of the River Wey in the town centre, it is also the church in which author PG Wodehouse was baptised.
All’s Well That Ends Well is GSC’s first London transfer and a co-production with London’s leading Off-West End theatre Jermyn Street Theatre (JST). It is directed by JST’s Artistic Director TOM LITTLER. For GSC, his recent work includes Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing. Tom has won numerous Critic’s Circle Awards and OffWestEnd nominations, including Best Director (seven times), Best Production (four times). This year, JST is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the heart of London’s West End. Following Guildford, the production will play at JST 6 – 30 November.
GSC Producer, SARAH GOBRAN: “This is a beautiful, magical story with one of Shakespeare’s great female leads driving the story. We’re thrilled to be working on this play with the wonderful team at Jermyn Street Theatre. The opportunity to take our work to a wider audience for the first time, and at such a prestigious venue, is incredibly exciting. To spread not only the word of GSC, but also that unique, imaginative theatre experiences are produced in our smaller towns is really important. It’s collaborations like this that enable theatre, and its audiences, to thrive.”
Jermyn Street Theatre Artistic Director, TOM LITTLER: “I’m delighted to announce this wonderful cast for one of my favourite Shakespeare plays. It’s the first time in over a decade that we’ve been able to stage Shakespeare at Jermyn Street Theatre, and it’s a pleasure to co-produce with the enterprising and brilliant Guildford Shakespeare Company.”