The feisty but lowly Helena falls in love with Bertram, a haughty count. To gain his hand she is set a string of impossible tasks. Even if accomplished, they can hardly guarantee his love. He refuses to bed her and says he'll only be hers if she bears his child, while he lusts after another. Nevertheless, our heroine, whether wisely or not, refuses to give him up. Set against a background of sexism, snobbery and a battle between the generations, Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well turns fairytale logic on its head.
NT Live is a new initiative to broadcast live performances of National Theatre plays onto cinema screens around the world. All's Well that Ends Well will be performed live in London, filmed in high definition and presented exclusively at participating movie theatres across the US.