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The Government Inspector

Written by
Nikolai Gogol

Directed by
Darren Gilshenan

Translated and adapted by
Roger Pulvers

29 Oct – 03 Nov 2020
115 minutes, 2 acts, 15 minutes interval

About the show

The corrupt Mayor is in a panic. News has reached him of an imminent investigation by a high-ranking government official who is travelling incognito – The Government Inspector!  

When a broke opportunist drifts into town and the Mayor mistakes him for the inspector, the hilarious unraveling begins.

Roger Pulver’s bold adaptation of Gogol’s 1836 comic masterpiece was commissioned by Bell Shakespeare in 2006. The 19 characters are condensed into just two for one powerhouse night of comedy.  

This outrageous farce about greed, corruption and opportunism is directed by comedy master and performer Darren Gilshenan. The action is fast and furious, with sleight of hand, super quick costume changes, secret exits, sliding cupboards, trapdoors and escape hatches keeping the audience on the edge of their laughter-soaked seats.


In order of appearance

Leinad Walker

Thomas Loveluck

Creative Team

Darren Gilshenan *

Assistant Director 
Amelia Burke

Set Designer 
Adrienne Andrews

Costume Designer 
Claudia Kryszkiewicz

Lighting Designer 
Lucia Haddad

Sound Designer
Nikki Jones

Voice Coach 
Simon Masterton **

MFA Voice Coach
Lea Baker

Movement Coach
Gavin Robins **

Production Team

Production Stage Manager
Mellita Vertigan

Deputy Stage Manager 
Zac Saric

Assistant Stage Manager 
Tim McNaught
Mia Barnes

Costume Supervisor 
Renata Beslik *

Properties Supervisor 
Lucas Guillemin

Construction Manager 
Lynsey Brown **

Head Electrician 
Trillian Vieira

Costume Assistant
Esther Zhong

Properties Assistant 
Jules Bischoff

Design Assistant 
Kathleen Kershaw

Staging Assistant
Maxime Armand

Construction Assistants 
Angus Nott
Joshua Abbott

Show Crew 
Mclane Catterall
Jessica Pizzinga

* Guest
** Staff
*** Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance