IRISH writer George Farquhar was posted to Shrewsbury as a recruiting officer, so it’s no surprise that he used his own experiences to create the classic Restoration comedy of the same name in 1706. The play has been chosen by Rain or Shine (their name says it all in terms of umbrellas and sun-screen) for its 2022 summer tour. The story, set in the Shropshire town, is all about the womanising Captain Plume and the cowardly Captain Brazen and their adventures, and it’s a perfect show for open air performance – one of this packed summer’s most interesting choices.
See it at Badgworth Schoolroom Garden on 16th June, Bishop Wordsworth School in Salisbury on 17th, Holme for Gardens near Wareham on 23rd, or Beaminster Manor on Sunday 26th June as part of the town’s festival. Rain or Shine will be at Upper Leigh Farm at East Knoyle on Friday 8th July, before returning south west in August to Rockbourne Roman Villa (4th), the Corn Barn at Sutton Barton near Cullompton (11th) and the Prince Albert Amphitheatre at Swanage on Monday 15th August.
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