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Shoemakers' Holiday

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The Crucible Theatre, 1971

Argento, Dominick

The Shoemakers' Holiday (1967)

Duration: 150 minutes

Ballad-Opera based on the play by Thomas Dekker


English   Deutsch  

Adaptation and additional lyrics by John Olon-Scrymgeour (E)


Scoring

Major roles: 2S,M,A,T(or B),Bar,Bar(or B),2BBar,B minor roles: M,A,2T,2Bar,2B; chorus 1(=picc,afl).0.1.1-1.2.1.0-gtr(amplified)-perc(1):timp/tgl/SD/cym/ glsp/t.bells/tamb/ratchet/susp.cym/wdbl

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Territory

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
01/06/1967
Tyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Douglas Campbell and John Olon-Scrymgeour, director
Conductor: Herbert Pilhofer
Company: Minnesota Theatre Company


Roles

SIMON EYRE Bass-Baritone
ROLAND LACY Baritone or Tenor
RALPH Baritone
FIRK Bass-Baritone
HAMMON Bass or Baritone
HODGE Bass
ROSE Soprano
MARGERY Soprano
JANE Mezzo-Soprano
SYBIL Contralto
Four Vendors Tenor, Baritone, Baritone, and Bass
Three Men Tenor, Baritone, and Bass
Two Seamstresses Mezzo-Soprano and Contralto
Soldiers, Shoemakers, and Hunters Tenors, Baritones, and Basses
Chorus Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, and Basses

Time and Place

The Renaissance (15th Century), England


Synopsis

Set during the height of the English Renaissance, the Earl of Lincoln’s nephew, Roland Lacy, is in love with the Lord Mayor of London’s daughter, Rose. To stop the relationship from blossoming, the Earl attempts to send the young man abroad as a Colonel, to wage war.  He is given a commission by the King in the hope that Lacy will display the characteristics of a nobleman. Sir Roger, the Mayor, is also against the lovers, and he sends his daughter away from London. The young man abandons the army commission, disguises himself as Hans, a Dutch shoemaker, and settles himself into the home of the Mayor’s shoemaker, Simon Eyre.  Through a network of spies, Lacy’s uncle learns that his nephew has remained in London.  Simon Eyre returns home one day with great news: He has become Lord Mayor of London.  Lacy and Rose plan their wedding with the help of Simon and his wife. The celebration of Shrovetide begins, but it is interrupted by a visit from the King, followed by Lincoln and Sir Roger. The King sanctions Lacy and Rose’s marriage and has Lacy kneel to be knighted.  Rose’s father and Lacy’s uncle accept the King’s judgement.


Moods

Comic, Romantic


Subjects

Relationships, Society




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