The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar (1706) @ the Donmar Warehouse

22 February 2012

To the Donmar Warehouse to see The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar, written in 1706.

The Donmar is an intimate theatre, here lit by candles, with a live band which played 17th century music on fife and drums and violin.

the play is a romping comedy starring Mark Gatiss from ‘The League of Gentlemen and Mackenzie Crook from The Office and Pirates of the Caribbean. Quite a lot was laugh-out-loud funny but you could also hear hundreds of lines designed to touch 18th century funny bones which sailed over our heads. And the final scene where the soldiers exited the stage one by one, to the tune of ‘Over the hills and far away’, as they went off to serve Queen (Anne) and country, was a deliberate, poignant comment on our own (still) wartorn times.

The Donmar Warehouse

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