The Elves and the Shoemaker
by Lynn Brittney

The approximate running time of this play is 40 minutes.

Adelightful version of the story where a poor shoemaker and his wife have their fortunes transformed by some elves who come in to the workshop late at night and make beautiful shoes, in return for warmth and food. A band of carol singers punctuate the action with traditional carols and wassails.

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12 speaking parts & minimum 6 singers.

A shoemaker and his wife are just about making enough money to be able to eat. One night, before Christmas, the shoemaker cuts out the last of his leather to make one pair of shoes, then he and his wife go to bed. During the night, some cold and hungry elves come into his shop, steal some food but make some beautiful shoes for him as payment. The shoemaker can hardly believe his eyes when he comes down the next day. He is able to sell the shoes and buy enough leather for two pairs of shoes. Night after night, the elves come and make shoes in return for food and warmth. This charming tale is punctuated with Christmas songs which could be sung by a small band of carol singers or a large choir in front of the stage.

As with all our plays, there are full production notes that give advice on scenery, prop and costume-making.

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