Home / Tag Archives: Nikolai Gogol

Tag Archives: Nikolai Gogol

The Government Inspector – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adapter: David Harrower Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The Government Inspector, written in 1835, is still very much a story for today.This joyous production of Gogol’s masterpiece offers a cavalcade of comic characters exuding the human frailty of self-interest at its finest.The pompous nature of the main characters is matched only by their gullibility and their ...

Read More »

The Government Inspector, Theatre Royal, Stratford East

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adaptor: David Harrower Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Edie Ranvier What’s the Russian for “omnishambles”? The Government Inspector is Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 satire about a small town whose corrupt officials are thrown into a panic by the news that an official is coming from St Petersburg to vet their management. Desperate to cover up their corruption and incompetence, ...

Read More »

The Government Inspector – The Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adaptor: Robin Colyer Director: Robin Colyer Reviewer: Michael Gray   This enterprising, Oxford-based company is on the road for the first time, with its acclaimed version of The Government Inspector. A very welcome addition to the roster of small-scale tours in the region. Robin Colyer’s madcap adaptation is set against sizeable screens, gaily painted as if by ...

Read More »

The Government Inspector – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adaptor: Robin Colyer Director: Robin Colyer Reviewer: Joan Phillips This hilarious adaptation of Gogol’s The Government Inspector by Flintlock Theatre is not to be missed. The original, satirical messages about the corruption, greed and bureaucratic stupidity of 19th century Russia are retained, but this is an ingenious version full of comical farce. Formed in 2012, this is ...

Read More »

The Gamblers – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Adaptation by Selma Dimitrijevic and Mikhail Durnenkov Music: Scott Twynholm Director: Selma Dimitrijevic Reviewer: Gemma Hirst If you’ve ever been recipient of fraudulent activity, then you will know that is it not one of the best of experiences that can happen to you. The Gamblers explores how the tables turn when playing a game, how addiction can take over, ...

Read More »

Diary of a Madman – Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Adapted from Nikolai Gogol Director: Sinead Rushe Reviewer: Kath Hill [Rating:3.5]   As the audience file into the auditorium it is almost possible to trip over the supine form of a virtually catatonic Poprishchin lying on his simple platform of pallets. This is how the story starts – with a man who is all but invisible in his ordinary ...

Read More »

Marriage – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Laurie Slade Director: Hamish Glen Reviewer: Nicole Evans [rating:4] It is not often a play begins before it even starts, yet it is whist idly ordering our pre-show drinks that we are introduced to the two people we will be seeing most of during the evening. Although officially listed as members of the production team, musicians Polina Skovoroda Shepherd ...

Read More »

A Goverment Inspector – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [rating:4]   Gogol’s original dark masterpiece holds a mirror up to the corruption in the Russia he found himself in. Disgusted with the bureaucrats and their propensity to succeed among decent folk, the writer makes us, his audience, culpable. No matter how many continents one crosses, how much time passes (bearing ...

Read More »