All's Well That Ends Well

The first page of All's Well that Ends Well from the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays, published in 1623.

All's Well That Ends Well is a play by William Shakespeare, published in the First Folio in 1623, where it is listed among the comedies. There is a debate regarding the dating of the composition of the play, possible dates range from 1598 to 1608.[1][2]

The play is considered one of Shakespeare’s "problem plays"; a play that poses complex ethical dilemmas that require more than typically simple solutions.[3]

A watercolour of Helena and the Countess, from Act I, Scene iii.

Characters

  • King of France
  • Duke of Florence
  • Bertram, Count of Roussillon
  • Countess of Roussillon, Mother of Bertram
  • Lavatch, a Clown in her household
  • Helena, a Gentlewoman protected by the Countess000
  • Lafew, an old Lord
  • Parolles, a follower of Bertram
  • An Old Widow of Florence, surnamed Capilet
  • Diana, Daughter of the Widow
  • Steward of the Countess of Roussillon
  • Violenta (ghost character) and Mariana, Neighbours and Friends of the Widow
  • A Page
  • Soldiers, Servants, Gentlemen, and Courtiers
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