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Following the latest advice from the government, we have decided to cancel our public productions and events.

We want our staff, students and visitors to stay well and healthy. Following advice that everyone avoids large social gatherings we have decided that we have to play our part in stopping the spread of the virus by cancelling our public productions.

Over the coming weeks we may find that many of our students are no longer employed in the temporary bar, restaurant and shop jobs that they have. It  would make a huge difference to our students if you would consider donating your ticket price to our student hardship fund to support the Central community during this very difficult time. If you have booked a ticket you will be contacted by a member of our box office team by email.

Please refer to our COVID-19/ Coronavirus webpage for further information.


By Nikolai Gogol 

Translated and adapted by Alistair Beaton
Director - Anna Healey

Performed by MA Acting Classical


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.

Don’t blame the mirror - it’s your face that’s crooked.’ Russian folk expression.

Subject to performing rights agreed with Concord Theatricals.


Other information

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is fully wheelchair accessible, please speak with our box office team on 02077228183 if you have any further enquiries.


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Event dates

1 Apr 2020 - 7:30pm to 4 Apr 2020 - 7:45pm

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