The Shoemaker's Holiday
En Swan Theatre
The Shoemaker's Holiday (1599) by Thomas Dekker remains a timeless delight. 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.