The Shoemaker's Holiday


Phillip Breen directed Thomas Dekker's city comedy of class, conflict and cobblers in love, which was first performed in 1599.

Rowland Lacy loves Rose Oatley but an aristocrat and a middle class girl aren't supposed to marry, not least because Rowland is a very bad boy and her parents really don't approve.

When his father sends him to war to reform his ways, Rowland goes from riches to rags. Losing himself among the craftsmen of London he assumes the guise of a Dutch shoemaker at the shop of the larger-than-life Simon Eyre and his wife Margery who are decidedly on their way from rags to riches.

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The Shoemaker's Holiday played in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from December 2014 to March 2015.

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