Company: Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Communicado
By Nikolai Gogol Directed by Gerry Mulgrew Adapted by Adrian Mitchell Designed by Jessica Brettle Lighting Designer Sergey Jakovsky
Dubious political dealings, a rioting populace, mishandled money, panic - sound familiar? The Government Inspector is one of the world's most famous plays. Written in 1835, and set in Tsarist Russia, it is a classic satire on human vanity. By turns hilarious and vicious in its expose of corruption among those in power, this masterpiece seems made for the times we now live in.
The Governor is worried. All night he has dreamt of huge rats trying to devour him. Now, today, he has heard of a Government Inspector who is arriving imminently in the district. The town officials are called together and told to waste no time in cleaning up their act - shredding incriminating documents, issuing gagging orders, blacking out of the media - they all have to work together, and fast, to cover up the corruption that's been going on for years. Bribes, misdirected contracts, misallocation of public money, fiddled expenses, abuses of office.
This fast-paced, raucously entertaining black comedy features an electrifying cast and live Balkan-fused music including electric balalaikas and mouth organs!
Directed by Gerry Mulgrew , founder of Communicado, and adapted by Adrian Mitchell, originally for the National Theatre. Gerry won a 2009-10 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland for his previous production. Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s touring productions have included the critically acclaimed ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Great Expectations’.
This production has been made possible thanks to funding support from Arts Council Wales and Creative Scotland. The production will open in Aberystwyth Arts Centre, before touring to Wales, England and Scotland.
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