2017 - All's Well That Ends Well
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, is Helena able to fulfil his requirements?
It’s a great joy to be back for another Wellington Summer Shakespeare adventure! I directed my very first Shakespeare – Cymbeline for WSST in 2001.
In this fine city tradition – now in its 34th year – people from all walks of life devote a major chunk of their summer to bringing you thrilling outdoor entertainment with the works of the world’s greatest playwright.
This year we looked for a downtown location that would support a highly visible event aiming to celebrate the unique character of our beautiful capital city.
Major sponsors Wellington City Council, and Victoria University of Wellington, (and others) have again generously helped make this much-loved show possible.
Massive thanks also to our stunning Production Team and our brave and beautiful cast members.
A round of applause should also ring out for my brilliant Assistant Director Tabitha Arthur, who has cheerfully mentored graphic designers, collaborated with vigour and verve, directed with passion and rigour, asked the right questions, made astute observations, supported actors and crew beautifully, and been a shining light for this production.
Director Samuel Phillips
Producer Sally Thorburn
Production Manager Tolis Papazoglou
Stage Manager Hannah Japes
Marketing and Publicity Managers Bryan Glick & Annika Philipp
Front of House Manager Lisa Ryan
Dramaturgs David Carnegie & Lori Leigh
Lead Designer Debbie Fish
Graphic Designer Riley Karl
Lighting Designer Harry Meech
Costume Designers Chloe King, Ellissa Kline & Hanna Persson
Sound Designer Lachlan Crane
Movement Director Leila Morad
Musical Directors Cameron Stewart & Kirstin Crowe
Assistant Production Manager & Assistant Set Design Kelsey Aldersley
Assistant Stage Manager and Head of Props Kesar Bhatt
Front of House Assistant Cameron Trigg
Set Construction Debbie Fish, David Goldthorpe & Barnaby Olson
Lighting Assistant David Conroy
Lighting & Video Assistants Joel Strawbridge & Lachlan Crane
Graphic Design Mentor Tabitha Arthur
Director - Peter Hambleton
Producer - Sally Thorburn
Production Manager - Keely McCann
Stage Manager - Brynne Tasker-Poland
Marketing and Publicity - Hannah Jones and Matthew Ross
Front of House Manager - Lisa Taylor
Assistant Director - Tabitha Arthur
Assistant Production Manager - Ashley Mardon
Assistant Stage Manager and Head of Props - Hannah Lea Japes
Assistant Stage Manager - Simon McArthur
Front of House Assistants - Kate Aschoff and Sally Quintrell
Set Designers - Rob Ormsby, Anna Lowe and Russell Nelson
Head of Costume - Sylvia Gilbert-Potts
Lighting Designer - Will Smith
Graphic Designers - Sarah Browning and Finn Simpson
Graphic Design Mentor - Tabitha Arthur
Helena - Harriet Prebble
Bertram - Hamish Boyle
Parolles - Shauwn Keil
Countess - Petra Donnison
Rinalda, Widow - Hilary Norris
Lafew - Allan Burne
Lavatch, Mariana, Tour de France - Ingrid Saker
King of France - Simon McArthur
Diana - Claudia Richards
Soldier Interpreter, Lord, Maudlin, Soldier - James Douglas
Nurse, Soldier, Musician - Cary Stackhouse
Isbel, Lord Dumaine - Shivneel Singh
Lord Dumaine II - Josh McGowan
Harley Davidson Chauffeur to the Countess - Tanya Piejus