An Inspector Calls at Playhouse Theatre tickets
An Inspector Calls at Playhouse Theatre tickets

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Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning and critically acclaimed production of JB Priestly’s An Inspector Calls returned to London’s West End in autumn 2016.

Having won more awards than any other play in history, this glorious production has thrilled audiences around the world with its incredibly innovative staging, gripping drama, imaginative sound design and thrilling suspense.

Set in 1912, the play follows the unexpected arrival of Inspector Goole at the home of the wealthy Birling family, interrupting Arthur Birling, his wife Sybil, and their son and daughter (Eric and Sheila) who are celebrating the announcement of Sheila’s engagement to Gerald Croft, heir to one of the most prosperous family businesses in England.

Arriving on the business of investigating the death of a young woman, the inspector soon unearths the hidden connections that all members of the family have with the deceased lady, forcing us to reassess both the family, and even ourselves, in the light of these new revelations.

Stephen Daldry is known for his acclaimed work in cinema, with his films Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close all having being nominated for Best Picture and Best Director at the Academy Awards. He has also seen great success on the West End, most recently with productions of Skylight starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, The Audience starring Helen Mirren, as well as the smash hit eleven year run of Billy Elliot: The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Renowned as the defining production of a generation, Stephen Daldry’s version of the classic thriller first opened at the National Theatre in 1992, receiving three Olivier Awards (Best Director, Best Revival and Best Designer), as well as two Evening Standard Awards (Best Director and Best Supporting Actress). Following this huge early success, the show went on to have both West End and Broadway transfers (where it won four Tony awards), as well as going on extensive national and international tours.

Clive Francis, best known for his work on both stage and screen in films A Clockwork Orange and Mr Turner as well as recent theatrical performances such as 84, Charring Cross Road played the lead role of Mr Birling. He was joined by Liam Brennan (Diary of A Madman) as Inspector Goole and Barbara Marten (People, Places and Things) as Mrs Birling. The cast was completed by Carmela Corbett as Sheila Birling, Matthew Douglas as Gerald Croft, Hamish Riddle as Eric Birling and Diana Payne-Myers as Edna.

An Inspector Calls returned to the West End once again in 2016, giving a new generation the opportunity to see this masterful piece of theatre, with performances having began on the 4th November 2016 and performances having run until the 4th February 2017.

Recommended for

An Inspector Calls is one of the greatest plays to examine values and double standards within Edwardian society, as well as being reflected in today. Anyone wanting to experience a thought provoking play with a deep conscience should not miss the opportunity to see this play at The Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End.

With a highly gripping mystery and investigation at its centre, it’s also perfect for those who enjoy theatre with suspense. With Daldry’s renowned production featuring innovative set and audio design work, it is also both a treat to the eye and ear that develop JB Priestley’s classic from ever feeling like a stuffy drawing room drama.

Age Recommendations: Ages 8+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 04 Nov 2016
Press night: 10 Nov 2016
Booking from: 24 Mar 2017
Booking until: 25 Mar 2017

Location and map

Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Ave
London, WC2N 5DE

42 Reviews Add review

An Inspector Calls, is a haunting look at the gaps in society and this production is a timely and important reminder that not much... More

braintree 155cm, 64 reviews, 6 helpful votes

I studied An Inspector Calls at school and saw a production of the play back then (about 15 years ago) but couldn't really remember... More

Jamb0r 178, 163 reviews, 12 helpful votes

The acting was top notch (particularly the actor playing the Inspector), however I wasn't that impressed with the staging. I found... More

joc78 5"4, 365 reviews, 5 helpful votes

A very atmospheric production, it still works well 25 years after Daldry's version at the National Theatre. Priestley's script is what... More

shaun 5"10, 146 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I thought the show was exceptional and held my attention from start to finish. The fact that it was one act meant that the story was... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 7 helpful votes

The show was absolutely fantastic. It was one of my favourite plays to read in secondary school, therefore I was able to engage with... More

megan4 5''8, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Wasn't a huge fan of this play - I'm not sure if that was because my seat made me feel so removed from it, but I found it quite boring.... More

clairemichelle 5"3, 35 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Suzi85 5"1, 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I studied this at school and the audience was primarily school groups. I liked the rain, but I feel the way the play was staged was... More

Ellie7 5 reviews, 1 helpful vote