Shifting Sands update classic for Bakewell

The Mayor is in a cold sweat. News has reached him of an imminent investigation by a high-ranking government official who is travelling incognito – The Government Inspector. 

The officials in the small town are thrown into a panicked frenzy. 

They waste no time to cover up the misdirected contracts, the bribes, fiddled expenses, abuses of office … corruption that has been going on for years. 

A simple case of mistaken identity leads matters to spiral hysterically out of control when they believe that a stranger in the town is the real Government Inspector.

The Government Inspector written in 1835 by Gogol is a hilarious satire about corruption in a world where everyone is increasingly desperate to hide their wrongdoings and keep the supposed Government Inspector happy.

Shifting Sands Theatre has updated Gogol’s satire using more recent events and scandals to bring contemporary relevance to the show, creating an irreverent, accessible comedy rich in clowning and physical comedy.

See The Government Inspector at  Bakewell Town Hall on March 16, 7.30pm, for tickets go to