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The Recruiting Officer

George Farquhar's most popular Restoration comedy, set in Shrewsbury during the War of the Spanish Succession, where wives are recruited while soldiers are wooed.

George Farquhar's popular Restoration Comedy. During a lull in the War of the Spanish Succession, Captain Plume comes to Shrewsbury, to seduce soldiers into the army, and - if possible - recruit Silvia into marriage.

The Recruiting Officer enjoyed enormous success and popular acclaim during the eighteenth century, when it was produced more often than any other play, outstripping its nearest rival, Hamlet, by a wide margin. Part of BBC Radio 3's 18th Century Season.

First broadcast in December 2011

The play holds the honour of being the first piece of theatre ever to be produced in Australia, with a cast of convicts and officers, an event described by Thomas Keneally in his book The Playmaker, and then dramatised by Timberlake Wertenbaker in her play, Our Country's Good. A double bill of the two plays was staged in repertory to great acclaim at The Royalz Court in 1988, with a common cast.

1 hour, 50 minutes

Last on

Sun 13 Apr 2014 19:45


Role Contributor
Writer George Farquhar
Captain Plume Paul Higgins
Silvia Lisa Dillon
Sergeant Kite Ralph Ineson
Mr Worthy Adam James
Melinda Kate Fleetwood
Captain Brazen Elliot Levey
Rose Alex Tregear
Bullock Simon Bubb
Justice Balance Jonathan Forbes
Lucy Adjoa Andoh
Appletree James Lailey
Pearman Adam Billington
Bridewell Rikki Lawton
Justice Scale Paul Moriarty
Justice Scruple Gerard McDermott
Director Jessica Dromgoole


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