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ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL to be Presented at Stratford Festival

The production features Jordin Hall as Bertram, Jessica B. Hill as Helen, Seana McKenna as the Countess of Rossillion, and more.

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL to be Presented at Stratford Festival

The Stratford Festival's new Tom Patterson Theatre will open its doors to its second production on Tuesday, June 14, as director Scott Wentworth's production of All's Well That Ends Well begins performances.

This Shakespearean comedy follows Helen, the orphaned daughter of a celebrated physician, who works a miraculous cure on the King of France. As her reward, she claims the hand of Bertram, a family friend whom she adores. Although the union has the blessing of Bertram's mother, the Countess of Rossillion, and the King, Bertram resents being forced into marriage, and Helen finds herself in search of another miracle.

The production features Jordin Hall as Bertram, Jessica B. Hill as Helen, Seana McKenna as the Countess of Rossillion, Ben Carlson as the King of France, André Sills as Lavatch, and Rylan Wilkie as Parolles.

They are joined by Elizabeth Adams, Anousha Alamian, Sean Arbuckle, Peter N. Bailey, Nigel Bennett, Wayne Best, Michael Blake, Brefny Caribou, Jon de Leon, Allison Edwards-Crewe, Christo Graham, Kim Horsman, Daniel Krmpotic, Devin MacKinnon, Jonathan Mason, Hilary McCormack, Chanakya Mukherjee, Lisa Nasson, Irene Poole, Sepehr Reybod, Tyler Rive and Lindsay Wu.

This breathtakingly beautiful production was designed by Michelle Bohn, with lighting design by Louise Guinand and sound design by Paul Shilton, who also composed the music.

The play was selected for the first season in the new Tom Patterson Theatre along with Richard III, as the two plays also opened the Festival's inaugural season in 1953. As then All's Well That Ends Well is set in the modern era, in this case against the backdrop of World War I.

"When I am directing a play by Shakespeare, I am governed by the principle that the play continues to speak to us," says Wentworth, "but we must listen with our modern ears. The play we are hearing today is a very different play from the one Tyrone Guthrie and his company heard in 1953. And that's as it should be. The play our company is hearing, with all its contradictions, seems very much a play for our world as it is today. A play for our time.


"This is a play of sickness and healing, of death and new life. It is a play of consequences, of scars. It is a play of love, both physical and spiritual. And finally, it is a play of hope, of paradise lost and the cost of paradise regained."

All's Well That Ends Well has its gala opening on July 8 and runs until October 29. For tickets and information visit www.stratfordfestival.ca or call 1.800.567.1600.

Production support is generously provided by Priscilla Costello, by Alice & Tim Thornton, by the Tremain family, and by Jack Whiteside.

Support for the 2022 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein and Claire Foerster.

Support for the 2022 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre season is generously provided by BMO.

The 2022 season runs until October 30, featuring Hamlet, Chicago, The Miser, Little Women, Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well, Death and the King's Horseman, Every Little Nookie, Hamlet-911 and 1939.

CAST (in alphabetical order)

Elizabeth Adams Bridesmaid, Nurse

Anousha Alamian Understudy

Sean Arbuckle Duke of Florence

Peter N. Bailey Doctor

Nigel Bennett Reynaldo

Wayne Best Lafew

Michael Blake 1st Lord Dumaine

Brefny Caribou Soldier, Traveller

Ben Carlson King of France

Jon de Leon 2nd Lord Dumaine

Allison Edwards-Crewe Diana

Christo Graham 2nd Lord, Soldier, Mourner

Jordin Hall Bertram

Jessica B. Hill Helen

Kim Horsman Widow

Daniel Krmpotic 4th Lord, Soldier, Mourner

Devin MacKinnon 2nd Soldier, Footman

Jonathan Mason 1st Lord, Soldier, Mourner

Hilary McCormack Soldier, Bridesmaid, Isabel

Seana McKenna Countess of Rossillion

Chanakya Mukherjee 3rd Lord, Soldier, Mourner

Lisa Nasson Mariana

Irene Poole 1st Soldier

Sepehr Reybod Soldier, Footman

Tyler Rive Understudy

André Sills Lavatch

Rylan Wilkie Parolles

Lindsay Wu Nurse, Traveller

ARTISTIC CREDITS

Director Scott Wentworth

Designer Michelle Bohn

Lighting Designer Louise Guinand

Composer and Sound Designer Paul Shilton

Supervising Fight Director Geoff Scovell

Choreographer Adrienne Gould

Producer David Auster

Casting Director Beth Russell

Creative Planning Director Jason Miller

Associate Director Julia Nish-Lapidus

Assistant Director and Assistant to the Choreographer Damon Bradley Jang

Assistant Designer Karlie Christie

Assistant Lighting Designer Christian Horoszczak

Assistant Sound Designer Frank Incer

Assistant Fight Director Jennifer Dzialoszynski

Dance Captain Hilary McCormack

Stage Manager Michael Hart

Assistant Stage Managers Sam Hale, Corinne Richards

Apprentice Stage Manager Lily Cardiff

Production Assistant Elizabeth Richardson

Production Stage Manager Meghan Callan

Technical Director Greg Dougherty

MUSIC

Original music recorded by

Paul Shilton

Vocals

Elizabeth Adams

Sean Arbuckle

Ben Carlson

Allison Edwards-Crewe

Hilary McCormack

Rylan Wilkie

Director of Music Franklin Brasz

Music Administrator Janice Owens

Photo credit: David Hou



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