Nikolai Gogol’s classic satire about the corrupt officials of a small Russian town, headed by the Governor, who react with terror to the news that anincognito inspector will soon be arriving in their town to investigate them. When Khlestakov, 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.
- Roger Allam – the Governor
- Lenny Henry – Khlestakov
Adapted by Adrian Mitchell and produced by Catherine Bailey.