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The Government Inspector

Translated by Alistair Beaton, Gogol's satire on corruption and sleaze in which a penniless clerk is mistaken for an important official. Starring Toby Jones and Paul Ritter.

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.

2 hours, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 9 May 2010 20:00


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