Government Inspector offers a story for our times

Government Inspector01011970One of the major set-piece events of the South Norwood Arts Festival is this week’s run of The Government Inspector at The Stanley Halls.

Nikolai Gogol’s satire is being performed by the Halls’ newly, if temporary, resident company, the South London Theatre Company (based in South Norwood while their usual home undergoes restoration work), in a version by David Harrower.

Performances are at 8pm each night, from Tuesday November 3 to Saturday November 7.

The 19th century satire of human greed, stupidity, and political corruption is, it might be suggested, perfect for Croydon in 2015.

The news that a government inspector is heading for a small Russian town sends its bureaucrats into a panicked frenzy. A simple case of mistaken identity exposes the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the town in this funny, biting satire.

Tickets at

Anyone who sees The Government Inspector and wants more… In December, the South London Theatre Company will be performing Oliver! at the Stanley Halls.

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