All's Well That Ends Well
By William Shakespeare
From 5 to 10 May 2014
£15 - £38 seats
Arpana, Mumbai, India
Gujarati with scene synopses in English
When Bharatram (Bertram) flees his native Gujarat for Bombay, his mother’s ward Heli (Helena), desperately in love, decides to pursue him. But Bharatram feels differently, and attaches two obstructive conditions to their marriage – conditions he is sure will never be met.
20th-century India stands in for Renaissance France in this joyful, imaginative production of a play that reverses all the usual expectations of Shakespearean comedy.
‘It works like the best kind of Bollywood film: there is passion, pain, a stout matriarch and the stirring sounds of harmonium and tabla from three musicians on stage... With visual jokes and beautifully sung soliloquies, time skipped by, even for this non-Gujarati speaker’
Financial Times, reviewing the 2012 Globe to Globe production