Who's who in the world of Elves & the Shoemaker...


A poor, hard-working and kind-hearted shoemaker. He struggles to make ends meet until one night he is visited by two mysterious helpers who leave behind some magical shoes.


The shoemaker’s wife. She is kind, loving and house proud, and is equally excited by the arrival of the magical shoes.

Tap and Stitch

Two cheeky Elves who live in the nearby woods and are full of joy. The Elves want to help Bertie and Bettina and visit the couple at night while they are asleep to make magical dancing shoes. 


A poor, beggar woman who visits Bertie and Bettina one night. She is shivering from the cold, with no shoes and feeling very hungry.

William, a rich man

A rich man. He is the first customer to buy a pair of the magical dancing shoes and is delighted by them. He performs a tap dance in his clogs.

Joseph and Frances

A couple who see William’s special clogs at the market and are desperate to find out where they can buy their own pair of beautiful shoes. They are the second customers to visit Bertie’s shop and perform a waltz when they try on the shoes.

Princess Pearl and Prince Edward

A royal couple who make a special visit to Bertie and Bettina to buy a pair of the magical shoes. This time the elves have made beautiful ballet shoes and the royal couple dance together.

Photos Brian Slater.