The Government Inspector

The Government Inspector

17 Jun — 25 Jun
Crucible Theatre
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The Guardian on The Government Inspector

in a version by David Harrower

‘It’s not good, gentlemen. That’s why I’ve gathered you all here. An Inspector is coming…a Government Inspector!’

The Mayor is in a cold sweat. News has reached him of an imminent visit from a Government Inspector. His 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 building that church!

Surely the only possible solution is bribery; it seems to have resolved many a sticky situation for the Mayor and his team in the past! But a simple case of mistaken identity leads matters to spiral hysterically out of control. Could it be that they have met their match in the complicated business of deception?

Gogol’s satirical masterpiece is a hilarious riot of corruption, lies and greed that has lost none of its original bite.

Suggested age guidance of 12+
This production includes occasional strong language

The Government Inspector is part of Ramps On The Moon: a ground-breaking touring project that signals a step change in disability arts provision in the UK. Bringing together seven major theatre companies, it will change the way theatre made by and for D/deaf and disabled people is seen. These companies are committed to: putting D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work; to accelerate positive change, and stimulate awareness of disability issues within arts and culture.


Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Running time: About 2 hours and 45 minutes (including a 15 minute interval)
  • Becky Barry
  • David Carlyle
  • Richard Clews
  • Stephen Collins
  • Rachel Denning
  • Rebekah Hinds
  • Daryl Jackson
  • Michael Keane
  • Ewan Marshall
  • Rhona McKenzie
  • Francesca Mills
  • Robin Morrissey
  • Kiruna Stamell
  • Simon Startin
  • Jean St Clair
  • Sophie Stone
  • Aaron Virdee
  • Amanda Wright
  • Roxana Silbert Director
  • Ewan Marshall Associate Director
  • Ti Green Designer
  • Chahine Yavroyan Lighting Designer
  • Timothy Bird AV Designer
  • Ben and Max Ringham Composer and Sound Designer
  • Ayse Tashkiran Movement Director
  • Daryl Jackson BSL Script Consultant
  • Polly Jerrold Casting Director
  • Milli Bhatia Assistant Director

visually spectacular

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Magnificently fresh and innovative

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very funny

Birmingham Mail

performances across the board are excellent, with every portrayal dripping with plenty of energy and infectious enthusiasm

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The Telegraph

there is little not to be enticed by in this imaginative reworking of the Government Inspector


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