All's Well That Ends Well casting

7 January 2013

Nancy Meckler directs rarely seen All's Well That Ends Well at Royal Shakespeare Theatre

All's Well That Ends Well
By William Shakespeare

Directed by Nancy Meckler
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 19 July – 26 September 2013
Press Night: Thursday 25 July, 7pm
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Part of the final season programmed by Michael Boyd as outgoing Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Nancy Meckler returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) to direct Shakespeare's comic and touching romance, All's Well That Ends Well.

RSC Associate Artists, Greg Hicks and Jonathan Slinger also return to the RSC in the roles of the King of France and Parolles, respectively and Charlotte Cornwell is back after an absence of 32 years in the role of The Countess. Also returning to the RSC are Alex Waldmann as Bertram and Joanna Horton as Helena.

Rarely seen on stage, All's Well That Ends Well is one of three Shakespeare plays programmed by Michael Boyd as the RSC's outgoing Artistic Director. The production runs in repertoire in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from 19 July until 26 September 2013.

Jonathan Slinger returns to the RSC following critical acclaim for his roles in the What Country Friends Is This? trilogy as part of the RSC's World Shakespeare Festival in 2012. His other recent roles at the RSC include the lead role in Michael Boyd's Macbeth and Lenny in David Farr's The Homecoming in 2011. He was also part of the ensemble in Michael Boyd's award-winning Histories cycle. Jonathan also takes on the lead in David Farr's Hamlet in the Summer 2013 Season.

Greg Hicks was last at the RSC in 2010 where he performed in three productions: as Leontes in The Winter's Tale and the eponymous title roles in both Julius Caesar and King Lear. His other RSC credits include Macbeth, Hamlet, Poor Beck, Coriolanus (Olivier Nomination for Best Actor and Critics Circle Award, Best Actor), The Merry Wives of Windsor, Julius Caesar and Tantalus.

Charlotte Cornwell returns to the RSC having last appeared in the RSC's London run at The Warehouse in 1980 in Much Ado About Nothing, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Bastard Angel. Her more recent theatre credits include Carlotta in The Cherry Orchard and Mrs Lintott in The History Boys at Centre Theatre Group in Los Angeles 2008. Her numerous TV and film credits also include the 1970s classic Rock Follies and more recently Family Affair and The West Wing. She will also appear in David Farr's Hamlet as Gertrude.

Alex Waldmann makes his return to the RSC following his debut in 2011 in King John (King John); Richard III (Catesby) and A Soldier in Every Son (Ixtlixóchitl/Nezahualcoyotl).

Joanna Horton also returns to the RSC taking on the role of Helena. She most recently played Barbara in Maria Aberg's production of Dennis Kelly's The Gods Weep in 2010. Other RSC work includes Hannah in Days of Significance in 2009. Joanna's other theatre credits include Maria Aberg's Belongings at the Hampstead Theatre in 2011 and Dunyasha in The Cherry Orchard at The Birmingham Rep in 2010. Her television work includes Holby City, Spooks, The Bill and New Tricks.

The cast is part of an ensemble cross-cast in three Shakespeare plays for the Summer 2013 season – Hamlet, As You Like It and All's Well That Ends Well. The cast also includes: Karen Archer (Widow); Cliff Burnett (Rynaldo); Kiza Deen (Violenta/Attendant); Daniel Easton (Soldier/Ward); David Fielder (Lafew); Dave Fishley (Duke of Florence); Michael Grady-Hall (Solider Interpreter); Rosie Hilal (Mariana); Mark Holgate (First Lord Dumaine); Chris Jared (Second Lord Dumaine); Natalie Klamar (Diana); John Stahl (Gentleman Astringer); Samuel Taylor (Soldier/Ward) and Nicolas Tennant (Lavatch).

Nancy Meckler's last production for the RSC was the world premiere of Helen Edmundson's The Heresy of Love in 2012. Other RSC work includes: Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, House of Desires and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Nancy was the first woman to direct at the National Theatre and is currently joint Artistic Director of Shared Experience Theatre Company.

Talking about the production, Nancy Meckler said:

“When I was invited to direct All's Well that Ends Well, I was excited to hear that the wonderful Jonathan Slinger was to be in the company. We had a terrific experience working on The Comedy of Errors together and I knew he would be perfect casting for Parolles the braggart, the man who is all words and little substance.

“And Charlotte Cornwell, who many years ago played Rosalind for the RSC, is returning to the British stage after a long absence to give us her Gertrude in Hamlet and the Countess in Alls Well That Ends Well. I am loving the fact that Alls Well That Ends Well is a play that is not well known. Coming to it fresh I am discovering its charm, its humour, and its complex view of human nature.”

The play is designed by Katrina Lindsay with lighting by Wolfgang Goebbel and music composed by Keith Closton. The sound design is by Gregory Clarke and Movement by Liz Rankin.

For further information, please contact Amy Belson on 01789 412622 or amy.belson@rsc.org.uk or Philippa Harland on 020 7845 0512 or philippa.harland@rsc.org.uk

For press ticket requests and regional requests, please contact Dean Asker on 01789 412660 or
dean.asker@rsc.org.uk

Date of issue: 7 January 2013

Notes to Editors:

  • Rehearsal and production images will be available to download free of charge in due course by registering on www.epo-online.com
  • Twitter hashtag: #RSCAllsWell
  • The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by THE GATSBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and THE KOVNER FOUNDATION
  • The RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST

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