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The Government Inspector

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.

Release date:

2 hours

Last on

Sun 5 Feb 2017 21:00


Role Contributor
AdaptorAdrian Mitchell
AuthorNikolai Gogol
DirectorJeremy Herrin
ProducerCatherine Bailey
KhlestakovLenny Henry
The GovernorRoger Allam
Anna, his wifeMonica Dolan
Marya, his daughterErin Doherty
JudgeDon Warrington
Charity CommissionerPeter Wight
Dr GibnerPaul Jesson
BobchinskyJames Fleet
DobchinskyAdrian Scarborough
PostmasterIvanno Jeremiah
OsipGeoffrey Palmer
Schools SuperintendentStephen Critchlow
Locksmith's WifeJessica Gunning

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