Stratford-upon-Avon

Swan Theatre
Strictly limited run
23 October - 29 November 2014


Running time:
2 hrs 30 mins + 20 min interval

Oppenheimer

The Shoemaker's Holiday

In the village of Edmonton, Elizabeth Sawyer is derided by her neighbours. A poor and lonely old woman, she is ostracised, harassed and accused of being a witch. In her abject misery, she wishes that she really were bewitched and so able to wreak vengeance. Unluckily for Elizabeth and the villagers of Edmonton, someone with the power to grant that wish is listening.

As Elizabeth uses her new found powers to seek revenge on those who have wronged her, other villagers find their own lives falling apart and an attempted elopement ends in murder. When witch and murderer are finally caught, the people of Edmonton must decide if either crime merits forgiveness.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs the final production in the Roaring Girls Season with Eileen Atkins returning to the Company to play Elizabeth Sawyer. Eileen's many film and television credits include Cranford, for which she won a BAFTA and Emmy, as well as Gosford Park. She is currently appearing in Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

The RSC Ensemble is generously supported by THE GATSBY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and THE KOVNER FOUNDATION

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