Introduction - The play and the image displayed in the picture This section is dedicated to All's Well That Ends Well, the play by William Shakespeare. The picture is 18th century and image displayed represents the essence of the play which, we hope, will bring to life a famous scene or character from the play. The information provided on this section of william-shakespeare.info includes famous quotes / quotations from, summary of the plot or story, facts about the play, a list of the cast and characters and access to the full text - script of the play by William Shakespeare
Summary of the plot or story The play's central romantic figures are a young nobleman called Bertram and an orphaned commoner called Helena. The problems with their romance are due to their different backgrounds and that it is at first a one sided affair with Helena falling in lobe with Bertram. Being a comedy, (albeit with serious undercurrents), Bertram comes around and All's Well does indeed End Well.
Information provided about the play William Shakespeare never published any of his plays and therefore none of the original manuscripts have survived. Eighteen unauthorised versions of his plays were, however, published during his lifetime in quarto editions by unscrupulous publishers (there were no copyright laws protecting Shakespeare and his works during the Elizabethan era). A collection of his works did not appear until 1623 ( a full seven years after Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616) when two of his fellow actors, John Hemminges and Henry Condell, posthumously recorded his work and published 36 of Williamís plays in the First Folio. Some dates are therefore approximate other dates are substantiated by historical events, records of performances and the dates plays appeared in print.
Date first performed It is believed that the drama was first performed between 1602 and 1603. In the Elizabethan era there was a huge demand for new entertainment and All's Well That Ends Well would have been produced immediately following the completion of the play.
Date first printed It is believed that the script was first printed in 1623 in the First Folio. As William Shakespeare clearly did not want his work published details of the play would have therefore been noted, and often pirated without his consent, following a performance.
The settings The settings for the drama are in Rousillon, Paris, Marseilles in France and Florence, Italy.
Theme of the play The play is categorised as a Comedy
Number of words in All's Well That Ends Well The number of words in the script, according to the Complete Public Domain Text is 24,505
Most important characters The most important characters are Helena and Bertram
Famous Quotes / Quotations The quotes from the work are amongst Shakespeare's most famous including 'Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie'. Details of this famous quote follow, complete with information regarding the Act and the Scene, allowing a quick reference to the section of the play that this quotation can be found in. Please click here for the full text of the script of the play.
"Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, which we ascribe to Heaven." Act I, Scene I
Shakespeare's Main Source Shakespeare's Main Source for All's Well That Ends Well is probably the Decameron
The Cast and Characters Click the link at the top of the page to access a list of all the cast and characters.