The Recruiting Officer

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The author was himself a recruiting officer, and possibly gathered all the materials for this play on the very spot where he has placed his scene—Shrewsbury. He has dedicated the piece "to all friends round the Wrekin," and has thanked the inhabitants of the town for that cheerful hospitality, which made, he adds, "the recruiting service, to some men the greatest fatigue on earth, to me the greatest pleasure in the world."

The life of Farquhar was full of adventures.—As a student, he was expelled from the college of Dublin, for adventuring profane wit upon a sacred theme, given to him by his tutor for his exercise. As an actor, he forsook the stage in grief and horror, on having unknowingly made use of a real sword, instead of a counterfeit one, by which he wounded a brother performer, with whom he had to fence in a tragedy, nearly to the loss of his life.

As a dramatic writer, Farquhar was eminently successful; and in his military capacity, he was ever honoured and beloved—whether fighting with a great army in Flanders, or recruiting with a small party in Shropshire.

(Mrs Inchbald (In preface to the publication))

Cast list:

Captain Plume, Recruiting Officer: Peter Tucker

Captain Brazen, Recruiting Officer: Negatron

Mr Worthy, a gentleman of Shropshire: TriciaG

Serjeant Kite: ToddHW

Thomas Appletree, recruit: SteveToner

Costar Pearmain, recruit: Zames Curran

Justice Balance: Kristin Gjerløw

Justice Scale: Zames Curran

Justice Scruple: catharmaiden

Bullock, a Country Clown: alanmapstone

Constable: Anna Simon

Servant: John N. Daily

Steward: SteveToner

Welsh Collier: Newgatenovelist

Sylvia, daughter to Justice Balance: Beth Thomas

Rose, a Country Wench: Elizabeth Klett

Melinda, a Lady of Fortune: Availle

Lucy, Melinda's Maid: Mary Kay

Wife: Availle

Woman: Rapunzelina

Stage Directions: MaryAnn

Editor and Coordinator: ToddHW (2 hr 12 min)


Act 1 26:40 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 24:26 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 29:25 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 26:12 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 5 25:50 Read by LibriVox Volunteers