Episode Three: The Shoemaker’s Holiday

This month’s episode is about Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday (AKA The Gentle Craft).

Simon Eyre
Simon Eyre

Talking points:

  • Social mobility
  • Sexy shoemakers
  • Mean names you can call your spouse
  • Sumptuary laws
  • The play’s historicity (here’s a .pdf of Brian Walsh’s Essay)
  • Disguises
  • Pancakes

We also spend some time in this episode talking about the upcoming film adaptation of Macbeth (directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard). Watch the trailer here and the awesome clip with the witches here. Expect it to arrive at a theatre near you around October 2nd if you’re in the UK and around December 4th if you’re in the USA or Canada.

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