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The Government Inspector

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hours 45
  • Other: Pre Show Discussion Wed 27 April 5.30pm
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By Nikolai Gogol
Adapted by David Harrower

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 finishing his building programme.

Surely the only reasonable solution is bribery! This seems to have resolved many a complex situation for the Mayor and his bureaucrats in the past. But a case of mistaken identity leads to matters spiralling out of control in Gogol’s satirical masterpiece.

“Ladies and gentlemen. It’s not good. That’s why I’ve gathered you all here. An Inspector is coming… a Government Inspector!”

All performances are fully integrated with Audio Description, British Sign Language and Captions.

West Yorkshire Playhouse is a partner in Ramps On The Moon

This ground breaking touring project aims to put more Deaf and disabled people on our stages, in our audiences and our workplace. Bringing together seven major theatre companies, it will change the way theatre made by and for Deaf and disabled people is seen. These companies are committed to putting Deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work and stimulating awareness of disability issues within arts and culture.

Cast & Credits

By Nikolai Gogol / Adapted by David Harrower /

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in association with Ramps On The Moon

  • Aaron Virdee
    as Mishka & Ensemble
  • Daryl Jackson
    as Performer Interpreter
  • David Carlyle
    as The Mayor
  • Ewan Marshall
    as Dr Gibner
  • Francesca Mills
    as Maria
  • Jean St Clair
    as Lyapkin-Tyapkin & Ensemble
  • Kiruna Stamell
    as Anna & Ensemble
  • Michael Keane
    as Osip
  • Rachel Denning
    as Dobchinsky & Ensemble
  • Rhona McKenzie
    as The Locksmith's Wife & Ensemble
  • Richard Clews
    as Khlopov & Ensemble
  • Robin Morrissey
    as Khlestakov
  • Simon Startin
    as Zemlyanika
  • Sophie Stone
    as Postmaster & Ensemble
  • Stephen Collins
    as Bobchinsky & Ensemble
  • Rebekah Hinds
    as Superintendent, Sergeant's Wife, Waiter & Ensemble
  • Amanda Wright
    as Audio Describer, Policewoman & Ensemble
  • Becky Barry
    as Performer Interpreter & Ensemble


“ Magnificently fresh and innovative”

- What's On

“ Gogol's farce driven into a frenzy”

- The Guardian

“ Exciting, inventive, hilarious”

- The Stage

“ Don’t miss it”

- The Reviews Hub

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

- Nouse

“ Hilarious”

- What's On Stage

“ Very funny”

- Birmingham Mail

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

- A Younger Theatre

“ an engaging and innovative piece”

- The Reviews Hub
Insight into The Government Inspector Click here to download Schools_Resource

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A Signed performance is the usual full production with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for Deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


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  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
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