The Government Inspector


By Nikolai Gogol

Adapted by David Harrower

Wed 20 – Sat 30 April

Copyright Robert Day

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Nikolai Gogol’s classic comedy THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is presented at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 20- 30 April. The production is part of RAMPS ON THE MOON, a collaborative network of seven theatres including West Yorkshire Playhouse, which is dedicated to increasing opportunities for disabled people. Using creatively integrated Audio Description, Captioning and British Sign Language, THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR is made fully accessible for Deaf and disabled people and staged by a company that integrates disabled and non-disabled performers and practitioners.

David Harrower’s adaptation of Gogol’s satire is directed by Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The production premiered at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and is staged at West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of its UK tour.

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!

Director Roxana Silbert said:

“The Government Inspector is a masterpiece and a play I’ve always wanted to direct. It’s a great satire about the

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personal and political ramifications of corruption in a world where everyone has lost their moral compass. David Harrower’s excellent adaptation is fresh and modern and we are loving finding the theatrical possibilities opened up by putting accessible theatre at the heart of the production.”