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Government Inspector

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About the Show Less...

A new version of the Russian comedy about a bad case of mistaken identity. Read More >

The news that a government inspector is due to arrive in a small Russian town sends its bureaucrats into a panicked frenzy. A simple case of mistaken identity exposes the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the town in this biting satire.

Goverment Inspector is a new version of Gogol’s 1836 comedy, by David Harrower (Blackbird). Two stars of British comedy – Julian Barratt and Doon Mackichan – play the unscrupulous mayor and his wife, with Kyle Soller (The Young Vic’s The Glass Menagerie) as the incognito out-of-towner mistaken for the government inspector. 

Directing Government Inspector is Richard Jones, who returns to the Young Vic following Annie Get Your Gun, The Good Soul Of Szechuan and Hobson’s Choice. His work also includes the Royal Opera’s Anna Nicole.

For more about Government Inspector at the Young Vic read the First Night Feature.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 03/06/2011

Opening Night: 09/06/2011

Closing Night: 09/07/2011

Running time: 2h45

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Cast & Creative


Julian Barratt, Doon Mackichan, Kyle Soller, Steven Beard, Louise Brealey, Jack Brough, Fergus Craig, Buffy Davis, Callum Dixon, Amanda Lawrence, Bruce MacKinnon, Eric MacLennan, Simon Müller, Graham O’Mara, David Webber


Director - Richard Jones

Producer - Young Vic/Warwick Arts Centre

Designer - Miriam Buether

Lighting Designer - Mimi Jordan Sherin

Sound - David Sawer

Author - Nikolai Gogol

Music By - David Sawer

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