Production history in pictures

  • 1756

    Playbill for a performance of All's Well That Ends Well, 2 March 1756 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, featuring Miss Macklin in the role of Helena.

    The line at the top of the bill tells audiences that the play has been 'acted but once these eighteen years'.

  • 1922 - Baliol

    This production, in the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, was directed by William Bridges-Adams. Pictured is Baliol Holloway, who played Parolles.

    Photo by HJ Whitlock and Sons. Reproduced by permission of SBT.

  • 1922 - Maureen

    Maureen Shaw played Helena in William Bridges-Adams' 1922 production.

    Photo by HJ Whitlock and Sons. Reproduced by permission of SBT.

  • 1935

    Roy Emerton as Parolles in the 1935 production at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, directed by B Iden Payne.

    Photo by 'Anthony'.

  • 1955

    All's Well That Ends Well directed by Noel Wilman, designed by Mariano Andreu. The photo shows Bertram (Michael Denison) wooing Diana (Jill Dixon).

    Photo by Angus Mcbean.

  • 1959

    This production was directed by Tyrone Guthrie and designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch. The photo shows Edith Evans as the Countess of Rousillon.

    Photo by Angus McBean.

  • 1967

    This production was directed by John Barton and designed by Timothy O'Brien.

    The photo shows Act 5, Scene 3, in which Diana (Helen Mirren) and the widow (Elizabeth Spriggs) confront Bertram (Ian Richardson) in the presence of the King of France (Sebastian Shaw).

    Photo from the Tom Holte Theatre Photographic Collection, copyright Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

  • 1981

    This production was directed by Trevor Nunn, then RSC Artistic Director, and designed by John Gunter.

    The photo shows depicts Lavache (Geoffrey Hutchings) asking The Countess (Peggy Ashcroft) for her permission for him to marry.

    Photo by Reg Wilson.

  • 1992

    Directed by Peter Hall in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, this production later transferred to The Pit, London. Pictured are Bertram (Toby Stephens) and Parolles (Michael Siberry).

    Photo by Malcolm Davies - Malcolm Davies Collection. Copyright Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

  • 2003

    This production, in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, was directed by Gregory Doran, with costumes designed by Deirdre Clancy.

    Pictured are Bertram played by Jamie Glover and Diana played by Shelley Conn.

  • 2003 - Judi Dench

    Countess Rossillion played by Judi Dench and Lavache played by Mark Lambert in Gregory Doran's production.

  • 2003 set

    Set designed by Stephen Brimson Lewis, for Gregory Doran's production of All's Well That Ends Well.

  • 2006

    This was a cut-down version of All's Well That Ends Well, part of the Complete Works Festival. An edited version for young people, it was organised by the RSC Education department and performed by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

    Following a performance in the Swan Theatre, the production was taken out to schools.

    Photo taken in Sandwell School by Ellie Kurttz.

All's Well That Ends Well

by William Shakespeare

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