Timeless and yet innovative, Stephen Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls is a treat as the director reprises his bold take on JB Priestley’s famed work. Ian MacNeil’s dynamic and innovative set acts as much more than a mere backdrop.
Due to popular demand after returning to the West End, Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls has been extended until 25th March 2017.
Written by J B Priestley at the end of the Second World War and set before the First, An Inspector Calls is a compelling and haunting thriller. The story begins when the mysterious Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family home.
Hasn’t everyone seen this play by now? Since opening at the National in 1992, it has had three West End runs and six major national tours, not to mention a Tony-winning trip to Broadway too. So yes, they probably have. But JB Priestley’s play remains a stalwart on English GCSE syllabus and so there’s always fresh eyes coming anew to the drama.
Scottish Gogol adaptation is a thrillingly contemporary account of damaged masculinity and national identity.
It’s been almost a quarter of a century (well, 23 and a half years) since Stephen Daldry’s revival of An Inspector Calls first opened in London and it was 18 years ago that I first saw it. I remember reading it in GCSE English and then (reluctantly) signing up for the school trip. I couldn’t relate to the play, it meant nothing to me.