Posted on: 31st January, 2014
1st April, 2020
In a small provincial town, a mysterious stranger is mistaken for an important government official. Fearful that their corrupt goings-on will be discovered, the unscrupulous inhabitants attempt to flatter, bribe and flirt their way out of their predicament. The penniless upstart thoroughly enjoys the attention and takes full advantage…chaos and confusion ensue.
Gogol, inspired by an idea from Pushkin, wrote this comic masterpiece at the end of 1835. The play premiered at the Aleksandrinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, in the presence of Tsar Nicholas II and Gogol himself. Stanislavsky directed it twice; in 1908 and in 1921, with Anton Chekhov’s nephew Michael Chekhov giving a virtuosic performance as Khlestakov.
By Nikolai Gogol
Translated and adapted by Alistair Beaton
Director – Anna Healey
Performed by MA Acting Classical
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