May 7, 2007 at 11:50 am #894DanMember
I was kindly asked to tell you about this up and comming play.
The Kinsale Further Education College are currently performing, The Government Inspector by Russian playwright Nikolai Gogol.
This comical farce deals with corruption, greed and bribery in local politics in 1830’s Russia. The play seems to be the clear inspiration for the memorable episode "The Hotel Inspector" of John Cleese‚s famous comedic television series Fawlty Towers.
With an election imminent, dont miss this hilarious political comedy of human vanity, political corruption and mistaken identity!!!!!
The Government Inspector
Directed by Belinda Wild / Cork Opera House Director
Performances on May 10th, 11th and 12th. Also May 17th, 18th and 19th.
Bookings Martin 087 2798271 and Roots Records in Kinsale.
All tickets 10 euros. All performances 8pm
The play will be performed for six nights over two weeks at the colleges out-door amphitheatre and will hope to emulate the riotous success of previous years – notably The Merry Wives of Windsor and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The Kinsale Further Education’s drama course proudly presents a production of ‘The Government Inspector’. This is Adrian Mitchell’s version of Nikolai Gogol’s classic satire on human vanity. Premiered at the National Theatre in 1985, it is the story of a penniless nobody from Moscow who is mistaken for a Government Inspector by the corrupt and self-seeking officials of a small town in Tsarist Russia. These officials, headed by the Mayor, react with terror to rumors of an incognito inspector having been sent to their town for an undercover inspection. The flurry of activity to cover up the various misdeeds and clean up the town is then interrupted by the report that a suspicious person from Saint Petersburg (at that time, the capital of Russia) has already arrived two weeks previous and is staying at the inn. Blinded by their fear, unclean consciences, and deeply embedded servility, the Mayor and his retinue do not hesitate to mistake this comically insignificant dandy for the dreadful inspector, leading to hilarious consequences.
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