See a vibrant new staging of the great Russian comedy, The Government Inspector at the Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday (May 14).
Visionary Russian writer and satirist Nikolai Gogol wrote The Government Inspector in 1836. Valdimir Nabokov described it as the greatest play in the Russian language.
The news that a government inspector is due to arrive in a small Russian town sends its bureaucrats into a panicked frenzy. The Mayor’s fear is well-founded as he has been somewhat lacking in his official duties: the hospital’s a health hazard, the school’s a war zone, the soldiers don’t have trousers to march in and he never quite got around to finishing his building programme.
However, a simple case of mistaken identity leads to matters spiralling out of control, exposing the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the town in this biting satire. Surely the only reasonable solution is bribery.