I was invited last night to join two lovely friends to see the RSC production of ‘The Shoemaker’s Holiday’ by Thomas Dekker, a play I knew nothing about. It turned out to be very enjoyable in its own right, but also fascinating to see a play written and performed at the same time as Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’ and other history plays. It was a comedy based on the real life of Simon Eyre, a Lord Mayor of London. He was rumbustiously played by David Troughton, and had many similarities with Falstaff, but without his roguery. As always with the RSC, there was great staging , great music and great ensemble playing by all the actors .