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Newark Castle to host George Farquhar's Restoration comedy The Recruiting Officer

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The summer season of outdoor productions in the grounds of Newark Castle continues next week with Restoration comedy The Recruiting Officer.

It will be staged on Tuesday (August 2) evening.

It is performed by Rain Or Shine Theatre Company, following the success of last summer’s She Stoops To Conquer.

The Recruiting Officer is described as a bawdy Restoration comedy by Irish playwright George Farquhar.

The Recruiting Officer (58138666)
The Recruiting Officer (58138666)

One of the most popular plays of its time, it 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, the 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.

Pack your chairs, drinks 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.

The Recruiting Officer is the latest in the Palace At The Castle series running throughout the summer.

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