THE SHOEMAKER’S Holiday follows the fortunes of cobbler who ends up as Mayor of London.
Thomas Dekker’s eccentric city comedy can be seen at the RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford from December 11 through to March 7.
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. He goes from riches to rags.
Losing himself among the craftsmen of London he assumes the guise of a Dutch shoemaker – he learnt Dutch on his gap year of course – at the shop of the larger-than-life Simon Eyre and his wife Margery who are decidedly on their way from rags to riches.
Following his acclaimed RSC debut with the The Merry Wives of Windsor in 2012, Phillip Breen returns to direct, with RSC Associate Artist David Troughton in the role of Eyre.
The production will run in repertory with Oppenheimer, a new play by Tom Morton-Smith about ‘the father of the atom bomb’ J Robert Oppenheimer.
The play, which opens on January 15 and runs until March 7, is set against the backdrop of hedonistic 1930s America and looks into the heart of the Manhattan Project – exploring the tension between scientific advances and the justification of their use during wartime, revealing the personal cost of achieving greatness.
Angus Jackson makes his RSC debut directing, with Oppenheimer played by John Heffernan. The play opens on January 15 and runs until March 7.
Visit www.rsc.org.uk for tickets and further details.
David Troughton in rehearsals for The Shoemaker’s Holiday. (s)