The Shoemaker's Holiday

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The Show

Following his acclaimed RSC debut with The Merry Wives of Windsor in 2012, Phillip Breen returns to direct Thomas Dekker's glorious city comedy of class, conflict and cobblers in love.

Dekker based his play on a prose tract titled The Gentle Craft by Thomas Deloney, printed in 1598. First performed in 1599, it includes the poem The Merry Month of May. It was performed before Queen Elizabeth I in January 1600. For all its antiquity, The Shoemaker's Holiday remains a timeless delight.

The Story

Rowland Lacy loves Rose Oatley but it's not going to work out. 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 must take drastic action to avoid any chance of unnecessary personal injury and secretly pursue his love. Going from riches to rags, he loses himself among the craftsmen of London, in 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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Choose your seats from the plan of the Swan Theatre above. If you're making your first visit to a theatre or you're simply unsure about where you'd most like to be seated, here's a quick guide to help you choose:

The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.

Venue Info

Swan Theatre

The Swan Theatre is a theatre belonging to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. It is built on to the side of the larger Royal Shakespeare Theatre, occupying the Victorian Gothic structure that formerly housed the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre that preceded the RST but was destroyed by fire.

Trevor Nunn and Terry Hands were joint artistic directors of the RSC when the company opened The Swan, its third theatre in Stratford. Designed by Michael Reardon, it has a deep thrust stage, modern lighting and sound technology, and is a galleried, intimate 430-seat auditorium.

Venue Address: Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LSView Map

Venue Facilities:

  • Disabled toilets
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

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Congestion Charge Zone:No
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