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RSC Production of 'All's Well that Ends Well' to be broadcast on Sky Arts

From the 2022 production. Photo by Ikin Yum (c) RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2022 production of All’s Well That Ends Well will be broadcast on Sky Arts (Freeview Channel 11) on Monday 3 July at 8pm.

Originally directed for the stage by Blanche McIntyre, this contemporary production of Shakespeare’s enduring dark comedy - exploring themes of romantic fantasy, toxic masculinity and consent – ran in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in 2022.

The cast featured Rosie Sheehy as Helena, Claire Benedict as The Countess, Benjamin Westerby as Bertram, Bruce Alexander as King of France, Jamie Wilkes as Parolles and Simon Coates as Lafew. Full casting can be found on the RSC website.

Watch on Sky Arts. Photo Ikin Yum (c) RSC

The RSC regularly films its productions for cinema or TV broadcast. This filmed version of All’s Well That Ends Well is arguably the Company’s most ambitious stage-to-screen adaptation to date. It employs a number of innovative filming techniques, including the use of camera phones, on-stage hand-held cameras and split-screen shots. The result is to bring the audience closer to the characters’ emotional experiences, highlighting some of the play’s more uncomfortable themes.

Blanche McIntyre, Todd MacDonald, Hayley Pepler, John Wyver are Co-screen directors; Hayley Pepler and John Wyver are Co-screen producers; and Todd MacDonald is Editor and Director of Photography.

John Wyver, Co-screen director, said: “With this innovative screen adaptation of All’s Well That Ends Well, the filming team set out to re-imagine how stage productions can be translated to the screen. While remaining grounded in Blanche’s original stage production, we extended the conventional approach to screen versions by using on-stage shooting during performances, mobile phone filming from the stage and the audience, employing chest-mounted lightweight cameras and, in the edit, introducing split-screen sequences and graphics. Our aim is to express the essence of the play and this contemporary production in a completely fresh way for today’s audiences.”

All's Well That Ends Well 2022. Photo by Ikin Yum (c) RSC.

Phil Edgar-Jones OBE, Director of Sky Arts, said, “We are excited to be bringing this ground-breaking production of All’s Well That Ends Well to our audiences. It’s long been part of the Sky Arts DNA to broadcast innovative performance capture, and the brilliant team who’ve created this piece have produced something really special – I am sure Shakespeare would be bowled over.”

All’s Well That Ends Well will be broadcast on Sky Arts (Freeview Channel 11) on Monday 3 July at 8pm.


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