© Sabrina Wollmann
This year, I put on William Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well for the BUSC, a wonderful theatre company in Bonn. Performances took place 8th through 15th July 2017 at the Brotfabrik Theatre.
Once Upon a Time
For its 25th anniversary, the Bonn University Shakespeare Company is proud to present two of Shakespeare’s fairy-tales: ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. These two plays are two sides of the same coin: Presented back to back as well as on separate evenings, they share actors, lines, and the same stage to show all that fairy-tales are: the glittering spectacle of song and dance on the one hand, and the lies we tell ourselves in the face of unbearable choices on the other. While A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM celebrates the happy ending we all want to believe in, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL looks behind the rose-tinted glasses to go where it hurts.
How far would you go for your happy ending? – ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
Helena loves Bertram. She is just a girl, he is the Prince of the realm. Her best friend Parolles warns her off. And yet, she is determined that nothing shall stand in her way: She will have her happily ever after. But what starts out as a fairy-tale plot might not be all that it seems, and there is a cost to every happy ending.