Shakespeare Marathon – Ensemble Stage

Ensemble Stage presents All’s Well That Ends Well on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at noon, in NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC.

DIRECTOR : Gary Smith
Helena – Shauna Godwin
Countess and Mariana – Beth Woodard
Diana – Drake Powell
Narrator/Widow – Lisa Lamont
Bertram – Derek Gagnier
Parolles – Mark Woodard
King and Second Lord – Gary Smith
Lafeu and Soldier – Chandler Walpole 
Gentleman, Clown, and First Lord – David Ospina  


In All’s Well That Ends Well, a woman is given in marriage to the man she longs for, but, because she is of lower rank, he refuses to accept the marriage. It becomes her challenge to win his acceptance.

Helen, the daughter of a dead physician, secretly loves Bertram, the Count of Rosillion’s son. When the count dies, Bertram becomes a ward of the French king, who is dying of a fistula. Helen heals the ailing king, and he grants her wish to marry his ward. Bertram refuses to consummate the marriage and goes off to war, sending Helen a list of seemingly impossible conditions to be met before he will consider her his wife.

To meet his conditions, Helen substitutes herself for a woman whom Bertram desires, and sleeps with him. When false news comes that Helen is dead, Bertram faces the charge that he has killed her. Helen, now pregnant, reappears, saving Bertram and demonstrating that she has met his conditions. Bertram then acknowledges her.

Early printed texts

Folger Shakespeare Library. “Alls Well That Ends Well.” Folger Shakespeare Library. n.d. Web. April 1, 2016.