A VIP visitor arrives at a village, and is soon the target of love and gossip. Julian Rhind-tutt stars in Gogol's farce.
A VIP visitor arrives at a village, and is soon the target of love and gossip.
by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Alistair Beaton
Gogol's landmark nineteenth century satire on corruption and sleaze.
A penniless clerk is mistaken for a Government official by a corrupt town council.
Starring Toby Jones and Paul Ritter.
Khlestakov - Toby Jones
The Mayor - PAUL RITTER
Education Director - Jeremy Swift
Anna - Frances Barber
Osip/ Gendarme - Russell Tovey
Marya - Daisy Haggard
Dobchinsky - SEAN FOLEY
Bobchinsky - Mark Heap
Shopkeeper 2 / Postmaster - Paul Rider
Widow / Magistrate's Wife - CAROLINE GUTHRIE
Locksmith's Wife / Khlopov's Wife - Janice Acquah
Abdulin / Liuliukov - Jonathan Tafler
Mishka / Constable / Shopkeeper 1 - BENJAMIN ASKEW
Waiter / Doctor (German) / Ratakovsky - Matt Addis
Superintendent / Shopkeeper 3 / Korobkin - Stephen Hogan
Magistrate - Stephen Critchlow
Health Commissioner - Malcolm Tierney
Avdotya / Korobkin's Wife - LIZZIE WATTS
Producer - Sally Avens
Gogol's play from 1836 still delights audiences today with its satirical swipes at political self-serving, sleaze and vice.
A dazzling blend of preposterous characters and all-too-real situations, Nabokov called The Government Inspector the greatest play in the Russian language.
Gogol's satire on corruption and sleaze starring Toby Jones and Paul Ritter.
Adapted by Adrian Mitchell from Nikolai Gogol's classic satire, the drama concerns the corrupt officials of a small Russian town, headed by the Governor (Roger Allam), who react with terror to the news that an incognito inspector will soon be arriving in their town to investigate them. When Khlestakov (Lenny Henry), a penniless nobody from Moscow, is mistaken for this government inspector, a tangled web of misunderstandings ensues. Gogol portrays officialdom as self-satisfied philistines occupying positions for which they are ill-suited.
Widely held to have led the realist revolution in Russian drama, Nikolai Gogol (1809 - 1852) liberated comedy from a tradition of sentimentality. The Government Inspector (1835), regarded as Gogol's masterpiece, caused such a furore when first performed that he was driven into exile.
A Catherine Bailey Production.