Actors will take to the stage at the Theatre Royal Stratford East as The Government Inspector begins its 10-day run.

The comedy penned by Nikolai Gogol and adapted by David Harrower will begin it’s 10-show tenure at the east London venue on Wednesday, May 18 and finish on Saturday, May 28.

The story focuses on a town mayor who is racked with nerves over the imminent visit from the Government inspector.

And his fear is somewhat well-founded, as he has been lacking in his official duties.

So he turns to bribery, a solution that has worked for the mayor and his team in the past, but a simple case of mistaken identity leads matters to spiral hysterically out of control.

7.30pm, Wednesday, May 18 to Saturday, May 28, from £8, Theatre Royal Stratford East (additional performance at 3.30pm Saturday, May 28)