The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol
Translated by Alistair Beaton

Gogol's landmark nineteenth century satire on corruption and sleaze. A penniless clerk is mistaken for a Government official by a corrupt town council. Starring Toby Jones and Paul Ritter.

Listen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jdhxp

CAST:
Khlestakov ….. TOBY JONES
The Mayor ….. PAUL RITTER
Education Director ….. JEREMY SWIFT
Anna ….. FRANCES BARBER
Osip/ Gendarme ….. RUSSELL TOVEY
Marya ….. DAISY HAGGARD
Dobchinsky ….. SEAN FOLEY
Bobchinsky ….. MARK HEAP
Shopkeeper 2 / Postmaster ….. PAUL RIDER
Widow / Magistrate's Wife ….. CAROLINE GUTHRIE
Locksmith's Wife / Khlopov's Wife ….. JANICE ACQUAH
Abdulin / Liuliukov ….. JONATHAN TAFLER
Mishka / Constable / Shopkeeper 1 ….. BENJAMIN ASKEW
Waiter / Doctor (German) / Ratakovsky ….. MATT ADDIS
Superintendent / Shopkeeper 3 / Korobkin ….. STEPHEN HOGAN
Magistrate ….. STEPHEN CRITCHLOW
Health Commissioner ….. MALCOLM TIERNEY
Avdotya / Korobkin's Wife ….. LIZZIE WATTS

Producer – Sally Avens

Gogol's play from 1836 still delights audiences today with its satirical swipes at political self-serving, sleaze and vice. A dazzling blend of preposterous characters and all-too-real situations, Nabokov called The Government Inspector the greatest play in the Russian language.

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