“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none” - All’s Well That Ends Well

Alls Well That Ends Well in Three Oaks
Alls Well That Ends Well in Three Oaks

Don’t miss the chance of seeing a stunning version of one of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedies in the grounds of a sixteenth century farmhouse near Hastings.

Bowler Crab Productions will perform All’s Well That Ends Well at Half House Farm, in Three Oaks this month.

Bowler Crab is a theatre company which specialises in Shakespearean performances following a dream to complete them all by 2035.

Started in 2013 Bowler Crab is a professional theatre company with casts consisting of a combination of both professional and experienced amateur actors.

A powerful mix of minimalism and traditionalism, Bowler Crab use few props and little set, with the grounds of the farmhouse serving as backdrop to their stage.

All’s Well That Ends Well is the company’s eighth production and has been dubbed by founder and director Stephen John as “our most challenging and technically brilliant production yet.”

This is a rarely performed comedy about the surprisingly comic relationship between death and marriage with every other character suffering from a recent loss in the family. Focusing on the topics of adultery and mourning and featuring no less than three brides, three widows and three funerals, this oddball romance follows the plot of a tenacious young woman in her pursuit of the man of her dreams; and the man of her dreams who would travel to the end of the Earth if it meant avoiding her pursuit. With weddings, parades, wakes, disguises, love letters, magic potions, songs, deceitful plots, bawdy jokes, blackmail, braggarts, kidnapping and pranks galore, will all be well that ends well or will this rarely performed comedy about consequence take an unexpected turn?

Stephen said: “A feast of hilarity is presented with this comedy and yet it is always pushed aside by its better known cousins Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night or even the darker Measure For Measure and Love’s Labour’s Lost which have only recently gained popularity.

All’s Well has typical Shakespearean features found in all four of these plays – death and mourning, rejected love, fake deaths, disguises,

humiliation and the bed-trick, and yet for some reason is often regarded as the most ‘difficult to perform’ of the ‘problem’ plays.” The cast includes Sian Hutchinson, Paddy Cooper, Henri Hayler, Julius Wills, Clare Murray, David Tudor, John Turner, Eleanor Stourton, Kevin Nuttal and Stephen John.

Performances are June 18, 20, 24, 25, 29, 30 and July 1 and 2, gates open at 6pm for a 7pm start. Matinees only on Sundays June 19, 26 (2pm Open/3pm Start). Tickets and more info at www.bowler-crab.com or call on 07801893115. Bring comfortable chairs and a picnic and enjoy being in 16 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside (hay bails provided as alternative seating and refreshments and facilities available).