REVIEW ROUND-UP: All’s Well That Ends Well at Shakespeare’s Globe

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Caroline Byrne directs this new production of All’s Well That Ends Well – Shakespeare’s tale of rebellion and determination – at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, running until 3 March 2018. Here’s what critics thought…

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 Theatre.co.uk: ★★★ “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.”

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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