Northern slant on Gogol’s satire

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Northern Broadsides are to be as bold as brass when they satirise local authority politics in their new production at The Dukes from October 9 - 13.

A Government Inspector is a Yorkshire take on Gogol’s fantastical satire and features the unique brand of Northern inventiveness and humour which this acclaimed touring company is renowned for.

A Government Inspector is set in a small Pennine town where a mysterious stranger is mistaken for a government inspector.

Fearing discovery of their corrupt goings-on, the town’s unscrupulous councillors attempt to ingratiate themselves.

Bribes, backhanders and brown envelopes abound and the young chap, who has an eye for a quick buck, takes full advantage with hilarious results.

No company is better positioned to breathe life and vigour into this barmy story than Northern Broadsides, one of the country’s finest and best-loved touring theatre companies.

Director Conrad Nelson said: “This adaptation is created to incorporate a live brass band score, evoking traditional values of honest labour and community. The warmhearted music is a moral counterpoint to the shady racketeering of the town’s inhabitants, in particular the leader of the council, Tony Belcher.”

Playing that council leader is Howard Chadwick who is no stranger to Lancaster having appeared in The Dukes outdoor version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 2006.

He also performed in Much Ado About Nothing at Lancaster Castle this summer.

Tickets for A Government Inspector are priced £8-£18.50 with a further £2 off for concessions.

There will be a free post show talkback after the performance on October 9.To book, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500.