Oxford Theatre Guild

The Recruiting Officer

by George Farquhar

Tickets £16

Enjoy Restoration Comedy at its best in Trinity College Gardens!

Join Oxford Theatre Guild in Trinity College Gardens for an action-packed show full of witty repartee and music! George Farquhar’s Restoration masterpiece, The Recruiting Officer is a comic satire enjoyed by audiences of all ages down the years.

Captain Plume and his sidekick Sergeant Kite of the Grenadier Guards return from war to recruit soldiers in the market town of Shrewsbury. Meanwhile, Silvia and Melinda set out to recruit men of their own. Throw into the mix rakes, society fops, girls dressed as boys, disguises and mistaken identities, trickery and fortune telling, snobbery and social climbing – and a duel – all stirred up by the sexual politics of the time. How does this end?

This is an outdoor production. Seating is on plastic seats with armrests. Bring your own cushion. The seating is arranged in rows either side of the playing space, with a main stage, smaller stage, and traverse playing area. There will be mock sword fights, a mock duel with sound effects, and a smoke machine in one scene after the interval. There is a wet weather venue on site, 3 minutes walk from the outdoor space. Blankets are available for hire.

Wheelchair Spaces

If you require a wheelchair space for this event, please call 01865 305 305 or email boxoffice@oxfordplayhouse.com for further assistance.