17th Feb- 3rd March
This year in Civic Square in the heart of the city, Summer Shakespeare has added a contemporary twist to its production of ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.
The rarely-staged play has all the witty dialogue, hilarious characters and amusing situations that characterise Shakespeare’s comedies. It was written early in the astonishing period during which Shakespeare produced OTHELLO, KING LEAR, MACBETH and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
The Bard cleverly explores young love and its perils in this brilliant play. Helena has fallen deeply in love with Bertram, but the odds are seriously stacked against her finding happiness with him. Just how far will she go to win the man of her dreams? If you think it sounds like a `reality’ TV show, you’re not far wrong.
This year’s production has a hip, contemporary style – involving many a wheeled object from cycles and scooters to skateboards – to celebrate all the ways we get around our compact city.
Helena wants to marry Count Bertram. The King is suffering from a seemingly incurable disease – so Helena (the daughter of a great healer) cures him, and is allowed to pick any man she wants as her reward. She picks Bertram, but he doesn’t like being forced into the marriage. He runs away, declaring that Helena will not truly be his wife until she wears his ring and carries his child: seemingly impossible things, given that he never intends to see her again. By switching places with Bertram’s girlfriend, Diana, Helena is able to fulfill both of his requirements. ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL?
-Seating provided – bring a cushion or blanket
– Bring a picnic (no alcohol)
– Dress warmly
– Coffee and snacks available at intermission.
Tickets $18 / $12 from Eventfinda
Door sales available