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The Recruiting Officer

Opens: 09/02/2012 Closes: 04/04/2012 Donmar Warehouse, London
For the first production in her tenure as Donmar's Artistic Director, Josie Rourke tackles Farquhar's 1706 military satire. Sent to Shrewsbury to recruit for the King's Army, officers Plume and Brazen soon find themselves caught up in sexual strategies on a romantic battlefield, rather than the job at hand. For more information visit: http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/pl142.html Buy: http://www.atgtickets.com/The-Recruiting-Officer-Tickets/17/1616/
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Time Out“Wit, wistfulness and warmth...” Enjoys making soldiers sexy. The Byronic camp spirit just swells and swells in this hugely fanciable show, where the lads are so impressed with their own chivalry that they even start snogging each other...
 
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Financial Times“A fine ensemble bristles with enjoyable individual performances...” The zesty performances may flirt with excess, but they see us through the thickets in the plot. Meanwhile the play’s darker points gradually steal out and take hold...
 
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The Independent“A jovial romp...” Winningly intimate, with a foot-stomping folk band onstage and actors flirting with the front row. Rather than continue her predecessor Michael Grandage's refined house style, Rourke opts for the rough-at-the-edges boisterousness...
 
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Whatsonstage.com“A show that gives nothing but pleasure...” A very good choice: an array of good roles, a tough kernel in the army game, a nicely complicated narrative with three plots and some of the wittiest dialogue and most elegant prose in the repertoire...
 
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The Stage“Radiates pleasure and confidence...” It looks and sounds gorgeous (designed by Lucy Osborne, with music by Michael Bruce), it is cast to the nines, and is at once intimate yet expansive, funny and detailed. Rourke’s regime has got off to a cracking start...
 
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The Observer“A magnificent piece of work, as Rourke's production blazingly proves...” Rourke's production makes a lovely arc, one that, thanks to design (Lucy Osborne), lighting (James Farncombe) and music (Michael Bruce), bursts with pleasure and trickery and bawdiness and yet hints at regret and fear...
 
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The Arts Desk“Rourke carries her audience along in her vigorous country dance...” Just when its slapstick seems in danger of blunting the play’s sharper edges there comes a sneaking thrust of a closing that cuts (both politically and emotionally) to the quick...
 
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Guardian“A savvy, mischievous revival...” This is an evening that is clear-eyed, lacking in cynicism but also resolutely unsentimental. Farquhar casts an almost genial eye over his characters...
 
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The Telegraph“A terrific evening...” This is one of those rare evenings when one wants to go through almost the entire cast merrily sprinkling praise and approval. The performances are almost all blessed with freshness and revealing comic detail...
 
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Evening Standard“Directing here with aplomb, Rourke has assembled an impressive cast...” A fresh, spirited account of a relentlessly busy play. The dominant notes are fizzy amusement and a festive sexiness. It's an extravagant opener for the new regime at the Donmar. On this evidence, I'm recruited...
 
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