The Government Inspector gets a new lease of life

Becky Barry, Stephen Collins and Rachel Denning in The Government Inspector at Sheffield Crucible.
Becky Barry, Stephen Collins and Rachel Denning in The Government Inspector at Sheffield Crucible.
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A ground-breaking new production of Gogol’s satire The Government Inspector opens at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre this weekend.

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 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 possible 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...

With innovative video projection and set design and creatively integrated audio description, captioning and British Sign Language, the satirical masterpiece is reinvigorated for 2016 by Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

The Government Inspector runs from June 17 to 25.