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The Government Inspector

2 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 29 March 2009

The Government Inspector 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
Osip/ Gendarme ..... RUSSELL TOVEY
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.


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