Chesil Theatre (Winchester Dramatic Society) is staging The Government Inspector by Ukraine’s most famous playwright, Nikolai Gogol.

The Government Inspector is an uproarious romp which mocks the corruption and incompetence of small-town government. The talented Chesil Theatre team is using a modern adaptation by Alistair Beaton, giving the play an eccentric and surreal tone, with ‘steampunk’ design, going for pace, colour and glorious absurdity.

Director Marcus Whitfield said: “Although 200 years old, this play delivers a well-timed poke in the ribs that is right up to date. It’s joyous and Pacey, and an evening of fun is guaranteed. Come on down!”

This slick and hilarious performance will be running from July 16-23. Tickets are available from

Chesil Theatre is situated in the centre of the city in Chesil Street, Winchester SO23 0HU. The theatre presents six main productions a year, ranging from comedy to classics. Chesil Theatre also encourages new writing through their biennial festival TakeTen, runs drama workshops and readings, plus two lively youth theatre groups as well as offering stagecraft and technical training. The Company has been performing for over 150 years.

Since 1966 Chesil Theatre has been the Society’s permanent home - a former 12th century church in Chesil Street, Winchester. This medieval building provides an intimate 75-seat studio-style theatre and versatile performance space.

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