About the showStephen Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls has thrilled over 4 million people throughout the world since its first performance at the National Theatre in 1992. Having established acclaimed West End and Broadway runs, as well as national and international tours, this innovative and gripping production of the JB Priestley masterpiece is a classic piece of theatre that has cemented itself as one of the best of a generation. Now having returned to London’s West End at The Playhouse Theatre in late 2016 for a three month run, this is the perfect opportunity for a new generation to experience this classic.
This magnificent production is one of the most award winning plays in history, with the original run at the National Theatre receiving three Olivier Awards for Best Designer, Best Revival and Best Director, two Evening Standard Awards for Best Director and Best Supporting Actress, before transferring to Broadway and receiving four Tony awards. Since then it has continued to dazzle critics and audiences alike throughout the world.
Set in 1912, the play focuses on the rich and prosperous Birling family, opening with Arthur, Sybil (his wife), Shelia (his daughter) and Eric (his son) all celebrating Shelia’s engagement to the son of one of the richest businessmen in the north of England. The celebrations are soon interrupted however when Inspector Goole arrives with the intention of questioning the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman called Eva Smith.
Throughout his interrogation, Goole discovers the many hidden connections the family have to the dead young woman, uncovering the dark hypocritical side of Edwardian society. An Inspector Calls with its gripping blend of thrilling suspense and social commentary forces audiences to not only examine the characters, but also their own lives.
Stephen Daldry’s production has received critical acclaim for its unique staging, suspenseful drama, innovative sound design and thrilling suspense. Daldry has had countless critically acclaimed West End productions, including Billy Elliot: The Musical which recently closed to undertake a national tour after a hugely successful eleven year run, as well as his award winning productions of Skylight starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, as well as The Audience which saw Helen Mirren star as the Queen.
Daldry’s success is not limited to just the theatre however, being a highly successful screenwriter and director who many will know from his Oscar nominated films Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Clive Francis (A Clockwork Orange, Mr Turner & 84, Charring Cross Road) will play the lead role of Mr Birling. Liam Brennan will co-star (Diary of A Madman) as Inspector Goole and Barbara Marten (People, Places and Things) as Mrs Birling.
With a classic text at its core and a superstar producer, An Inspector Calls is lighting up London’s West End. With previews having began on the 4th November 2016 and running through to 4th February 2017, this limited three month run is bound to be in high demand when it hits London’s West End.
Who Should See It?Perfect for any fans of gripping and thought provoking drama, with a conscience, this return of An Inspector Calls to London’s West End is definitely a must see for anyone that has not managed to catch its previous incarnations.
Those who have seen it before and been the gripped by the suspense of Daldry’s innovative production, will undoubtedly also want to come to the Playhouse Theatre to once again experience the brilliance of the multi-award winning production that has played to over 4 million people worldwide.