July, 2022

wed13jul6:30 PM10:30 PMThe Recruiting Officer Outdoor Theatre6:30 PM - 10:30 PM Dore Abbey, Abbeydore, Herefordshire, HR2 0AA, UK

The Recruiting Officer Outdoor Theatre

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The Recruiting Officer Outdoor Theatre

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 by 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.

summer 2021 audience comments:

“Amazing and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish! Thank you!”

“As warm, witty, and inventive as ever. A robust and energetic performance”

“Another fantastic evening’s entertainment from the super talented cast of She Stoops to Conquer. You guys always deliver such a faultless performance, full of energy, wit, and ad-libbing. We missed you and look forward to seeing you all again soon. Massive well done”

“This is the third time we have seen your excellent actors perform outside and have enjoyed all three productions very much. Professional, fast-paced, slick, and very funny – especially the asides to the audience! How you sustain that level of energy night after night is truly impressive.”

“English classical theatre at its best. The cheers and applause at the end were a tribute to the quality and committed ensemble playing in the classical style.”


(Wednesday) 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

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Dore Abbey

Abbeydore, Herefordshire, HR2 0AA, UK

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