Page extent: 100
ISBN: 9781840025835
Binding: PaperBack

The Government Inspector

Nikolai Gogol

Translated by Alistair Beaton
PaperBack (22 Jun 2005)

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One of the most famous comedies in world theatre, Gogol's masterpiece has lost none of its bite. In a small town corruption is rife, and the Mayor and his cronies have got it made. So when they learn they are going to be subject to an undercover government inspection they panic. Mistaking a penniless nobody for the inspector they swiftly fall victims to their own stupidity and greed.

A dazzling blend of preposterous characters and familiar situations, Nabokov called The Government Inspector the greatest play in the Russian language. A production of this version of the play opened at the Chichester Festival in June 2005 starring the comedian Alistair McGowan.

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ISBN13 9781840025835
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 100


'Two-and-a-half hours of sheer theatrical delight that is, if anything, even more relevant today – in this age of relentless municipal self-promotion and image-building – than it was when Gogol wrote it, more than 170 years ago.'  The Scotsman