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"All ladies and gentlemen that are willing to see the comedy called The Recruiting Officer, let them repair tonight by seven o'clock to the sign of the Old Red Lion in Islington, and they shall be kindly entertained."


Shrewsbury, 2014. Captain Plume has returned from Syria under orders to recruit for the continued conflict. He is not confident that the prospect of fighting for the good of Queen and country will be reward enough for the unsuspecting locals, so he has to resort to rather more underhand measures. Whilst there, he encounters his old flame, Silvia, who has rather more to test him with than he bargained for. 


Written in 1706, The Recruiting Officer gives a no-holds-barred account of the methods and tactics of warfare. In its scathing satire of the lengths to which those in authority will go to obtain what they want, it finds an easy home in the 21st Century. 


This play is running in repertory with Indebted to Chance.


written by george farquhar

directed by jenny eastop

PrODUCED BY mercurius theatre


Wednesday 7th November - Saturday 1st December 2018
Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees 3.00pm

The Recruiting Officer schedule as follows:

Week one:

07/11/18 7.30pm Preview

09/11/18 7.30pm 

10/11/18 7.30pm 

Week two:

13/11/18 7.30pm 

15/11/18 7.30pm 

17/11/18 3pm 

18/11/18 3pm 

Week three:

21/11/18 7.30pm 

23/11/18 7.30pm 

24/11/18 7.30pm 

Week four:

27/11/18 7.30pm 

29/11/18 7.30pm 

01/12/18 3pm 


Running time: (2 hours 15 mins, including Interval)


Tickets £16 (£12 CONCESSIONS)

wednesday 7th november preview £10

double-ticket for both indebted to chance & the recruiting officer £28 (£20 concessions) - DISCOUNT WILL BE APPLIED AUTOMATICALLY WHEN YOU SELECT A TICKET FOR EACH SHOW


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The Box Office will open 30 minutes before the performance for cash / card sales and collection of pre-booked tickets.

Latecomers will not be admitted.

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