All’s Well That Ends Well on stage at Stratford Festival

Stratford, ON… The Stratford Festival’s new Tom Patterson Theatre opens 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

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