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 perfomances having run until the 4th February 2017.
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.