What a Carry on!
Following the success of last summer’s “She Stoops to Conquer”, Rain or Shine Theatre Company are delighted to continue our celebration of Restoration Comedies for our summer 2022 season presenting “The Recruiting Officer”, a bawdy Restoration comedy by Irish playwright George Farquhar.
One of the most popular plays of its time (more performed than Shakespeare or Farquhar's contemporaries) this is a delightful romp through 18th Century Shrewsbury.
The story follows the mischief of crooked army recruiting officers, Captain Plume and Sergeant Kite, as they head to the county town of Shrewsbury to persuade men to take the Queen’s Shilling by any means, legal or otherwise!
Plume has set his cap at the vivacious Sylvia, and their bumpy path to true love is mirrored by their closest friends, nervy, melancholy Worthy, and haughty, comically self-important heiress, Melinda. Help and hindrance come in equal measure from Captain Brazen, the foppiest of Fops.
Be prepared for saucy shenanigans in a hilarious romp awash with deceit, passion, swordfights, and surprises galore!
Sign up! Pack your bubbly, chairs and picnics and join the dashing Captain Plume and the devious Sergeant Kite on a roller coaster ride in period costume for all the family.