All’s Well that Ends Well


Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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This is one of Shakespeare’s plays I have been more sceptical about – it seems hard to me to get behind a female lead, full of agency as she is, who effectively forces a man into marriage (twice!), or to get behind a man, wronged as he is, whose major character notes are rudeness and lechery. But the Globe managed to bring together a set of wonderfully flawed, real people, with a depth of love and friendship outside the lead romance, and hope that maybe they would all be better for their experiences. All might actually be well after all.

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