The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound

Performance Dates

Experience a madcap night of life in the theatre with two classic behind-the-scenes comedies under the direction of STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn. Playwright and adaptor Jeffrey Hatcher (The Government Inspector) returns with a fresh take on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 18th-century romp The Critic, a whirlwind comedy about bad theatre, worse playwrights…and, worst of all, the critics. The antics continue with Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound, an ingenious play-within-a-play in which two critics find themselves caught up as unsuspecting suspects while they watch a classic 1950s-style whodunit.

The Critic was commissioned through a grant from the Beech Street Foundation.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes


Dangle (Critic); Birdboot (Hound)
Plagiary (Critic); Simon Gascoyne (Hound)
Sneer (Critic); Inspector Hound (Hound)
Mrs. Dangle (Critic); Mrs. Drudge (Hound)
Actress 1 (Critic); Cynthia (Hound)
Servant/Prompter (Critic); Magnus (Hound)
Puff (Critic); Moon (Hound)
Actress 2 (Critic); Felicity (Hound)

Creative Team

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Adapted From
Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Critic