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‘a remarkable spectacle’
‘it grips and holds’
‘thrilling and pertinent theatre’
Stephen Daldry’s multi-award winning production of An Inspector Calls returns to the West End, exactly 70 years after it was first staged in the UK. Famously revived by Daldry at the National Theatre in 1992, An Inspector Calls has since won 19 major awards across the globe. An Inspector Calls is set to begin previews at London’s Playhouse Theatre on November 4th 2016.
Written by J. B. Priestley, An Inspector Calls is a darkly sinister play which is widely considered to be a classic in mid-20th century contemporary theatre. Set in Brumley, a fictional industrial city in the midlands, a wealthy upper-middle class family’s dinner party is interrupted when they receive an unexpected visit from the mysterious Inspector Goole. Soon, the entire family are questioned about potential involvement in the death of Eva Smith, a young and innocent working-class lady. Following lengthy interrogation, the audience are forced to question their own conscience as the investigation reaches a terrifying climax.
Seen by over 4 million people worldwide, An Inspector Calls has earned multiple awards, most notably the Olivier Award for Best Revival, as well as Critic’s Circle Awards for Best Director and Best Design. An Inspector Calls is known across the globe, and is usually studied at GCSE level due to the strong social and political commentaries within Priestley’s text.
Daldry said of the production’s return to London: “Each time we have mounted this production it seems more relevant than the last, with the refugee crisis, the European referendum debate and American elections, you can’t fail to see the genius of Priestley’s writing.”
Cast and Creative
Stephen Daldry has achieved legendary status for his extensive work across theatre and film. Best-known for his Academy Award-nominated film Billy Elliot, as well as the hugely popular stage production, Daldry’s work has seen across the globe. Further notable work includes his multi-award winning version of An Inspector Calls, as well as The Audience and Skylight. Previous productions of An Inspector Calls have included award-winning design from Ian MacNeil.
Casting includes Clive Francis (The Missing) as Mr Birling, alongside Liam Brennan (Diary of a Madman) as Inspector Goole and Barbara Marten as Mrs Birling. Further cast members include Matthew Douglas as Gerald Croft, Carmela Corbett as Sheila Birling, Hamish Riddle as Eric Birling and Diana Payne-Myers as Edna.
Show Lengths and Times
An Inspector Calls opens at the Playhouse Theatre London on November 4th for a limited run until March 25th 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Thursday at 2:30pm and Saturday at 3pm.
Show running time is 1 hour and 50 mins, without an interval.
Suitable for Children?
An Inspector Calls has no age restrictions, but is recommended for those ages 12 and up.
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