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The Government Inspector

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Event details

Failure. Inadequacy. Mismanagement. Sloppiness. Carelessness. Deceitfulness. Negligence. Incompetence. Denial.

Why would a Government fear a Government Inspector?

Splendid Productions present a new creative adaptation of ‘The Government Inspector’, an 1836 comedy written by Nickolai Gogol.

The play is a satirical prod at power, privilege, corruption and classism in a provincial town whose public servants are told they are to be assessed by an anonymous official: The Government Inspector.

At the same time, an idiotic aristocratic stranger arrives, setting the stage for an escalating masterclass in political farce.

In Splendid’s adaptation, a highly skilled cast of three populate a town-full of panicking officials, dismayed citizens and feckless fantasists in a fast-paced, one-hour performance which asks: if absolute power corrupts absolutely, what happens when you only have a tiny bit of power?

***** ‘frankly brilliant’ Three Weeks (Woyzeck)

**** ‘absolutely hilarious… a masterclass in Epic Theatre’ The Reviews Hub (The Oresteia)

**** ‘a joyous celebration of humanity, and a triumph of physical theatre’ The List (Everyman)



Running Time

1 hr with no interval

Age advice

Under 2s are not permitted


The producers of this show cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers’ control.

This event takes place at

MAST Mayflower Studios

Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DU 

 Street level access to our foyer & Box Office is through the main entrance on Above Bar Street. 

The MAST Mayflower Studios building

Further Information


Schools/Young People’s Group (10+) £3.00 off and one free supervisor with every 20 tickets purchased*

*not available online – please email