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Shakespeare Theater Company’s 22nd Annual Free For All Presents All’s Well That Ends Well

Fireworks on the mall, movies on the green and the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s (STC) annual Free For All are some of Washington, D.C.’s best-loved summertime traditions.

All's Well That Ends Well Shakespeare Theatre Company

(Photo Credit: Shakespeare Theatre Company)

This year, the 22-year-old tradition kicks off STC’s 2012-2013 Season by reviving “All’s Well That Ends Well. This production will run at STC’s Sidney Harman Hall from August 23 – September 5, 2012.

“All’s Well That Ends Well” is a story of adventure and romance examining the bounds of desire and the individual will. This production, set in the era of World War I, tells of Helena, the daughter of a physician, who cures the ailing King of France using the skills her late father taught her. In return, the king promises her the husband of her choice, unaware that the non-committal Count Bertram is the  object of her affection. Confronted with the decree of a king, Bertram attempts to escape the impending union. Will Bertram succeed in his quest to remain unencumbered, or will he give into the ever-persistent Helena?

More than 630,000 people have attended the Free For All since 1991, when Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn and Founding Chairman R. Robert Linowes inaugurated the tradition of free Shakespeare in D.C. “We are pleased that STC is able to offer free Shakespeare productions to as wide of an audience as possible even during these challenging economic times,” said Kahn. “One of the major goals of the Free For All is to  make Shakespeare accessible to diverse audiences—they all come to experience the magic of Shakespeare, to see how his words and ideas still resonate with us more than 400 years later.”

Performances will take place August 23–September 5, 2012. STC’s 2012-2013 Season subscribers and Friends of Free For All may reserve tickets in advance for select performances. Anyone may become a Friend of Free For All by making a tax-deductible contribution of $200.

Similar to last year, STC is offering multiple ways that patrons can obtain tickets to the Free For All.


An online ticket lottery is  available. Prior to each performance, STC will release tickets to the lottery winners at random. Each winner will receive up to TWO (2) tickets via the  online lottery. Visit the Shakespeare Theatre between 12:01 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the day BEFORE an evening performance. Patrons will be notified via email if they have been selected for the next day’s performance. The lottery will close on Thursday at 8 p.m. for the Saturday Matinee performance and Friday at 8 p.m. for the Sunday Matinee performance.


The Ticket Line is an option for those who weren’t able to enter the online ticket lottery, for anyone who didn’t win the online ticket lottery, for groups who want to sit together and for those last-minute planners. The Ticket Line will form outside of Sidney Harman Hall prior to each performance. STC will reserve up to 200 tickets for the Ticket Line with each performance. Tickets will be released to patrons in the line two hours before  each performance. Often, the line begins to form earlier. Each person in line  can receive up to TWO (2) tickets.

As in previous years, Season subscribers and Friends of Free For All may reserve tickets in advance for select performances.

“All’s Well That Ends Well” (Free for All)

August 23-25, 30-31 and September 1 at 8 p.m.
August 26, 28-29 and September 2, 4-5 at 7:30 p.m.
August 25-26 and September 1-2 at 2 p.m.

Sidney Harman Hall 
610 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Free to participate in the online lottery for free tickets, or wait in the ticket line which forms outside of Sidney Harman Hall prior to each performance. STC will reserve up to 200 tickets for the Ticket Line with each performance.
Box Office: 202-547-1122

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