The Recruiting Officer at Cuckfield Recreation Ground


Cuckfield Recreation Ground, High Street, Cuckfield, RH17 5EN

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An al fresco farce for all the family!

One of the most popular plays of its time, this is a delightful romp through 18th Century Shrewsbury written by Mr. George Farquhar.

_“Had I but a commission in my pocket, I fancy my breeches would suit me as well as any ranting fellow of ’um all; for I think a bold step, a rakish toss, a smart remark, and an impudent air to be the principal ingredients in the composition of a captain.” _

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.

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