University of Adelaide Theatre Guild
The Little Theatre


Written By: Nikolai Gogol. A staged play reading of a new translation by Alexander Kirk & Lilia Nadyrshine
Directed By: Alexander Kirk

“I invited you, Gentlemen, to deliver the most unpleasant news:
we’re to expect a visit from an Inspector …”

Life has been good for the officials of a provincial Russian town. Extortion, bribery, neglect of duties and purposeful mismanagement have been thriving for many years. But suddenly their way of life is threatened by the news that an Imperial government official is travelling incognito on a secret mission to investigate their district.

On hearing the news, the Town Governor instructs the Warden of Charities, the Doctor, the Judge, the Police Chief and all other officials to get their departments in order. Nightcaps must be clean and fewer patients are to lie in the hospital, hunting whips are to be removed from the Courthouse, lawyers must not smell of vodka, and the school teachers, no doubt very clever people, must contain themselves and not break up chairs in animated excitement.

The Government Inspector, written in 1836, is firmly established in the Russian repertoire and has never left the world stage. To create his set of delightfully grotesque characters, Gogol later wrote that he decided to take everything bad that he knew about Russia at that time and bring it together into one heap to create a satire not just on corrupt officialdom, but of Man himself.

Director Alexander Kirk said “Working with Lilia Nadyrshine, graduate of the Moscow University of Architecture, on the translation, our intention was to recapture Gogol’s original Russian play with all its peculiar rhythms and tones as faithfully as possible. I am also delighted that Associate Professor Dr Les Koopowitz, Discipline of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide, will be Consultant to the presentation.”

The Theatre Guild is delighted to open its 2020 season with a staged reading of this hilarious classic, performed with a minimum of setting to suggest period, drawing on stage practices most connecting actor and audience.

Cast: Wayne Anthoney, Laura Antoniazzi, Alejandra Arbe Montoya, Chris Best, Geoff Dawes, Gabi Douglas, Katherine Edmond, Nicholas Elborough, Phil Grummet, Alexander Kirk, Brian Knott, Les Koopowitz, Simon Lancione, Roland Lever, Philip Lineton, Emma O-Connell-Doherty, Jack Robins, April Slomiany & Camilla Wolfe-Barry.

“Don’t blame the mirror if it’s your mug that’s crooked” – A Proverb


Approx. Running Time: 2 hours including interval
Suitable for ages: School year 10 upwards

Performance Dates:
THURSDAY 2 & FRIDAY 3 APRIL 2020, 7.30pm
Q&A post performance

Little Theatre, The Cloisters, (gate 10 off Victoria Drive), University of Adelaide

On the door, subject to availability

All tickets $15