The Government Inspector

The Government Inspector

  • From Thursday, 24 November 2011
  • To Saturday, 28 January 2012
  • Showing on Abbey stage
  • Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes plus 20 minute interval

The Government Inspector

An hilarious version of Nikolai Gogol’s classic satire on bureaucracy and corruption.

This Christmas Roddy Doyle returns to the Abbey Theatre with his version of Nikolai Gogol’s satirical comedy, The Government Inspector.

‘Ah now. Let’s just say, when a big gun goes off, we’d all want to be ducking the bullet.’

The Mayor, the Judge, the Chief of Police and a host of the crooked characters are in an awful tailspin as a visit from a government inspector looms large on their town. It’s all brown envelopes and bribes as this befuddled group frantically try to keep the show on the road at all costs. But could a case of mistaken identity sabotage their efforts?

Jimmy Fay directs a colourful cast in a new version of this magnificent Gogol satire. Enjoy a night of hilarity this Christmas at the Abbey Theatre, as Roddy Doyle takes his signature wit to Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector.

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An Abbey Theatre commission

PLEASE NOTE: This production contains some bad language.

Assisted Performance Details

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 12 January, 7.30pm
Audiodescribed and captioned performance: Saturday 14 January, 2pm
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Booking details

Wednesday 30 November 2011 – Saturday 28 January 2012
(Preview Thursday 24 November – Tuesday 29 November)
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2pm
Please note: There will be only one performance on Saturday 31 December to take place at 4pm.

Tickets €13 – €40
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Reviews: What you said

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We were at the show on Sat 7th Jan.
It was absolutely brilliant.
It took the entire audience around 20 mins to catch on to the whole thing.
The cast were great and I must say Don was so fab as was the actor playing the Inspector ( sorry I cannot recall His name.
Well done Roddy Doyle. We have loved everything you have done to date

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Excellent production. A case of mistaken identity - with an Irish twist makes for a very entertaining and funny play. Don Wycherley as the Mayor and Ciaran O’Brien who played Khlestakov, acted their socks off. Perfect lighting and brilliant set design added to a really enjoyable night out. Give yourself a real treat and go an see this play.

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Reviews: What the critics said

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Doyle’s adaption of Gogol’s masterpiece is masterly

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The Sunday Independent

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