Details'Unless we could make ourselves some pleasure amidst the pain, no mortal man would be able to bear it.'
It's with the promise of money, glory and adventure that Captain Plume is recruiting the men of Shrewsbury for the King's army. He's also determined to make a conquest of Sylvia, but as she's now an heiress she can afford to put him to the test. All the while, the scheming Melinda is toying with the affections of Captain Brazen and the gentleman Mr Worthy. From military manoeuvring to sexual strategies, Farquhar's triumphant The Recruiting Officer, written in 1706, is an unashamed celebration of love, lustiness and victory in battle and in the bedroom.Performers Nancy Carroll (Silvia), Mackenzie Crook (Sergeant Kite), Mark Gatiss (Captain Brazen), Gawn Grainger (Mr Balance), Tobias Menzies (Captain Plume), Rachael Stirling (Melinda), Nicholas Burns, Kathryn Drysdale, Aimee-Ffion Edwards.
Author George Farquhar. Producer Donmar Warehouse. Director Josie Rourke. Design Lucy Osborne. Lighting James Farncombe. Sound Emma Laxton. Music Michael Bruce.