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The Recruiting Officer, Donmar Warehouse, starring Mark Gatiss
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly

Photo credit: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/theatre/article-24030360-theatres-new-power-couple.do

Cut and pasted from the Guardian website:

Restoration comedy The Recruiting Officer by Irish playwright George Farquhar was the first play ever to be staged in Australia, by convicts of the First Fleet in 1789. It now notches up another first, being the inaugural production by the Donmar Warehouse's new artistic director, Josie Rourke. Combining strategies both military and sexual, it follows the exploits of the womanising Captain Plume as he scours Shrewsbury for army recruits, and attempts to bed heiress Sylvia; and of cowardly Captain Brazen as he too is toyed with by a scheming minx. Rourke's cast includes Mark Gatiss, Rachael Stirling and Mackenzie Crook.

Previews started today and run until Monday 13 February; Press Night is on Tuesday 14 February.

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I am glad you agree re Frankenstein - its nice to know that at least one person agrees!

It is really interesting what you said re the train. You have better knowledge than me. I assumed railways and trains WERE around at the time; now you tell me that they weren't! Which really begs the question why include it in the first place, except as a big set-piece stunt? But yes, like you, I assumed that what they were trying to show, regardless of whether trains were around in reality or not, was the Industrial Revolution, the coming of machines, the destruction of the countryside, the emergence of cities, the breakdown of communities etc.

Re your English - it is excellent. And yes, I too agree with you that I shouldn't expect people to speak my language when I visit a different country, but should show some respect and speak the nation's language. However, I am just rubbish at languages! I have travelled extensively in the Middle East, and every time I go there I try to improve my Arabic, but I always have to start from square one again. I have been countless times, and yet all I can say is hello, goodbye, praise be to God!, and count from one to ten! I also know the words for water and a few key food items but that is it!

Finally, I too am now going to bed, but thank you for your congratulations!

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