An Inspector Calls
A brilliantly compelling and haunting thriller…..
An Inspector Calls
By JB Priestley
Directed by Stephen Daldry
The Lowry, Tue 5 – Sat 9 May 2009
Press night: Tue 5 May, 7.30pm
• A syndicated interview is available with Stephen Daldry
After winning more awards than any other play in history, Stephen Daldry’s epic West End and Broadway production of J.B. Priestley’s classic thriller An Inspector Calls returns to The Lowry.
Now world-renowned as one of Britain’s leading film Directors (Billy Elliot, The Hours), Stephen Daldry is back in the spotlight with the launch of his new film, The Reader, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Director and which won Kate Winslett the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Daldry’s first major directorial success was in 1992 when his visionary revival of An Inspector Calls opened at the National Theatre. The production, plus Daldry and his creative team. scooped three Olivier Awards, two Evening Standard Awards and a host of five-star reviews. The show was hailed as the definitive production of J B Priestley’s much-loved play.
Following its success at the National Theatre, An Inspector Calls transferred to the West End for two years, before heading off around the world. In 1993, the production transferred to Broadway, winning an unprecedented string of awards for a play, including four Tony Awards. Clocking up a total of 19 major international awards since opening, this production has played in Australia, the United States, Japan, Europe and Britain, including five major UK tours and a return West End season that successfully ran for over eight years. Daldry’s An Inspector Calls has played around 4,800 performances to date and has been seen by over 2 million theatregoers worldwide.
When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family home. Their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman whom each of them in turn has exploited. His startling revelations not only shatter the very foundations of their lives but challenge us all to examine our consciences.
For the 2009 UK tour, original National Theatre cast member Louis Hilyer returns to the production, this time playing the role of the Inspector (having played ‘Gerald’ at the NT alongside Kenneth Cranham’s ‘Inspector’). Hilyer is joined by Sandra Duncan as Mrs Birling, Christopher Saul as Mr Birling, Alisdair Simpson as Gerald, Marianne Oldham as Sheila Birling, Robin Whiting as Eric Birling and Diana Payne Myers as Edna. Directed by Stephen Daldry, An Inspector Calls is designed by Ian MacNeil, with lighting by Rick Fisher, music by Stephen Warbeck and Associate Director Julian Webber. Originally produced by the National Theatre, the UK tour is produced by PW Productions Ltd and Kenneth H. Wax Ltd.
Posted on Friday, 03 April 2009 under Press Theatre Press