Review Round Up: All’s Well That Ends Well, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Caroline Byrne directs this new production of Shakespeare’s tale of rebellion and determination. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…

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Helena has lost and buried her father. Now an orphan – and an outsider – she pines for the love of Bertram, the son of her adopted family. He too is reeling from the death of his father. Will grief unite or divide them?

The Guardian: ** “It’s dark stuff – and Caroline Byrne’s candlelit production is so gloomy that it is often hard to see what’s going on.”

The Independent: **** “In the close, flickering murk of the Globe’s indoor theatre, her production re-imagines the play – one of the trickiest in the Shakespeare canon – in a way that boldly underscores its jarring dissonances.”

The Stage: **** ” there’s something resonant about the hard-won sense of beginning that ends Byrne’s blisteringly good production about sisterhood.”

Time Out: **** “undoubtedly a success, turning a morally murky play into a celebration of female strength and tenacity – and giving us a bloody good time while doing it.”

Evening Standard: *** “As if to prove the doubters wrong, this production deploys only low-level candlelight throughout. Atmospheric it most certainly is; clearly visible it isn’t.”

The Telegraph: ** “The production isn’t helped by its fits and starts of vaguely discordant music and bursts of half-hearted song.”

The Times: ** “This play is like a sat-nav gone awry: intent on taking the longest way round the problem and sometimes you think you’re just lost.”

Broadway World: **** “Whilst it’s not the most gloriously uplifting play, there is something rather beguiling about this production that makes for satisfying and enjoyable viewing – it does exactly what it says on the tin.”

London *** “It’s not always easy to watch (let alone see), but it rewards the attention.”

The Upcoming: *** “One of the play’s triumphs, however, is the shining of light on the inexcusable treatment of women, alongside an empowering pact of sisterhood and modern heroism.”

All’s Well That Ends Well continues to play at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until the 3rd March. For more information and to book tickets visit:


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