An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls | UK Tour 2011/12


Stephen Daldry's award-laden West End and Broadway production of J.B Priestley's classic thriller. Originally produced by the National Theatre now on a national UK tour throughout 2009.

 

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‘OUTSTANDING. A genuinely great production, enthralling and visually stunning’DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘STUNNING. BLAZINGLY ORIGINAL STAGE IMAGERY. Dark and gleaming and elegant’NEW YORK TIMES

'INTOXICATING, THEATRICALLY IMAGINATIVE'EVENING STANDARD

‘SPELL-BINDING. GRABS YOU BY THE THROAT and won’t let you go. Long may it do so’THE GUARDIAN

‘THRILLING, MAGISTERIAL PRODUCTION’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘WILDLY IMAGINATIVE, URGENT AND THRILLING’ THE GUARDIAN

'A THRILLING PIECE OF THEATRE which MUST BE SEEN’DAILY MAIL

‘AWE-INSPIRING’ THE TIMES

About

Intro

WINNER OF 19 MAJOR AWARDS

‘Stephen Daldry’s thrilling award-laden production has returned. The defining production of the 1990s, a work of great directorial daring, breathtaking visual invention and passionate moral urgency.’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

From Stephen Daldry, Director of the Academy Award-winning blockbusters 'The Reader', 'The Hours' and one of Britain’s best-loved films Billy Elliot - now an Olivier Award-winning musical - comes the smash hit West End & Broadway production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller, An Inspector Calls.

Hailed as the theatrical event of our generation winning more awards than any other play in history, this magnificent production has thrilled audiences across the world with its epic and wildly imaginative staging, raw emotion, evocative score, lashing rain and searing suspense.

History of the Production

Written during the winter of 1944/5, JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls received its West End debut in 1946.

Stephen Daldry’s revival of An Inspector Calls first opened at the National Theatre in 1992, with Kenneth Cranham playing the role of Inspector Goole. A huge success, celebrated by critics and audiences alike, the production received three Olivier Awards - for Best Revival, Best Director and Best Designer; and two Evening Standard Awards - for Best Director and Best Supporting Actress. The show transferred to the West End where it enjoyed a two year season, and then opened on Broadway, winning an unprecedented number of awards including four Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards.

The production embarked on an extensive international tour across Australia and the USA. 1995 saw the launch of a second West End season which ran for a hugely successful seven years. Throughout the UK, the production has also enjoyed seven major national tours - 1992, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009. Following its 2009 UK tour, the production returned to the West End for a limited eight week season at the Novello fourteen weeks into 2010, with a transfer to the Wyndham's Theatre. This new national tour opens on 22 September 2011 and tours until June 2012.

To read what the press have said, click the reviews button in the main menu.

The Plot

April 1912, at the home of the prosperous Birling family.

Arthur Birling, his wife Sybil, their daughter Sheila and son Eric are in the drawing room just after dinner celebrating Sheila’s engagement to Gerald Croft, son of Sir George Croft, and heir to the most successful family business in the North of England.

Their cosy celebration is suddenly interrupted when Edna, the parlour maid, announces the unexpected arrival of ‘Police Inspector Goole’. The Inspector has come to the Birling home as part of an inquiry into the death of a young woman.

As the Inspector’s investigation unfolds, we discover that they each have secrets linking them to the tragedy. His startling revelations not only shatter the very foundations of their lives but challenge us all to examine our consciences.

Awards

This production of An Inspector Calls has won more awards than any other play in history.

WINNER: OLIVIER AWARD 1993 BEST REVIVAL, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST DESIGNER

WINNER: TONY AWARD 1994 BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST LIGHTING, BEST FEATURED ACTRESS

WINNER: DRAMA DESK AWARD 1994

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY, OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR, OUTSTANDING DESIGN, OUTSTANDING LIGHTING, OUTSTANDING MUSIC, OUTSTANDING SPECIAL EFFECTS

WINNER: OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD 1994 OUTSTANDING REVIVAL

WINNER: CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD 1994 BEST DIRECTOR, BEST DESIGNER

WINNER: EVENING STANDARD AWARD 1993 BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Company

Stephen Daldry

DIRECTOR

Theatre: Billy Elliot the Musical currently playing in London, Broadway and Melbourne.

For the Royal Court Theatre – A Number by Caryl Churchill; Far Away by Caryl Churchill (also at the Albery Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop); Via Dolorosa by David Hare (also at the Duchess Theatre and on Broadway); Rat in the Skull by Ron Hutchinson (Royal Court Classic Season); Body Talk; The Kitchen by Arnold Wesker; The Editing Process by Meredith Oakes; Search and Destroy by Howard Korder. For the National Theatre – An Inspector Calls (also West End, Broadway and worldwide); Machinal. For the Gate Theatre – Damned for Despair; The Fleisser Plays (with Annie Castledine); Figaro Gets Divorced.

Many productions at Sheffield Crucible Theatre, where he started his career under the late Clare Venables. Productions at Manchester Library Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Stratford East, Oxford Stage, Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Stephen was Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1992–98 where he headed the £26 million re-development; the Gate Theatre (1989–92) and the Metro Theatre Company (1984–86). He is on the Board of the Young and Old Vic Theatres and remains an Associate Director of the Royal Court. Stephen was the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre for 2002 at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. He has won many awards for his theatrical work both in the UK and the USA.

Stephen has produced two Omnibus programmes for BBC2. His first feature film Billy Elliot won over 40 awards worldwide and received the Academy Award nominations including Best Director. His second feature The Hours also won innumerable international awards including Best Picture at the Golden Globes and received nine Academy Awards and eleven BAFTA nominations. His most recent feature, The Reader, earned five Academy Award nominations including Best Director and Best Picture.

Ian MacNeil

DESIGNER

Theatre credits include: Far Away (also New York Theatre Workshop), Via Dolorosa (also Broadway and Duchess Theatre, West End), This is a Chair, Body Talk, The Editing Process, Death and the Maiden (also National Tour), Plasticine and A Number all for the Royal Court; Peribanez, Afore Night Come (Young Vic, Evening Standard Award Nomination 2001); Albert Speer, Machinal (RNT); An Inspector Calls (RNT, West End, Broadway, International); The Ingolstadt Plays, Figaro Gets Divorced, Jerker (Gate); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Lyric, Hammersmith); Enter Achilles, Bound to Please (DV8), Festen (Almeida and West End – Oliver Award Nomination for Best Design, New York) and most recently Billy Elliot The Musical (West End – Olivier Award Nomination for Best Set Design, also in Australia and opened on Broadway in November 2008), Tintin (Young Vic at the Barbican and The Playhouse Theatre) and Vernon God Little (Young Vic)

Opera includes: Medea (Opera North); Tristan and Isolde, Der Freischutz (ENO); Ariodante (ENO, WNO, Houston Grand Opera); La Traviata (Paris Opera); Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (Munich Opera), Festen (UK Tour), Ulysses revival (Welsh National Opera)

Film and Television include: Winterreise (Channel 4); Eight (Working Title).

Since 1999, Ian has designed costumes, environments and sets for several Pet Shop Boys world tours.

Ian was an Associate Producer on the film The Hours (Paramount)

Awards: Olivier Award for Best Opera (Tristan and Isolde); Critics Circle Award (for Machinal and for An Inspector Calls), Olivier Award for Design (An Inspector Calls). Tony Nomination for Best Design (An Inspector Calls, Broadway); 2002 Evening Standard Award for Best Designer (Plasticine and A Number), 2004 Evening Standard Award for Best Designer (Festen), 2005 Olivier Award Nomination for Best Set Design (Festen), 2006 Olivier Award Nomination for Best Set Design (Billy Elliot The Musical).

Rick Fisher

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Rick is Chairman of the British Association of Lighting Designers. He is originally from Philadelphia, but has been living and working in Britain for more than 25 years.

For his lighting of AN INSPECTOR CALLS at the Royal National Theatre Rick was nominated for an Olivier award; for the production at the Royale on Broadway, he won both Tony and Drama Desk awards, and in Los Angeles, Ovation and Drama Critics Circle awards. He has also lit the production for tours of the UK, America, Australia, and in Tokyo.

Recent theatre work includes: THE FAMILY REUNION (Donmar); BILLY ELLIOT the musical (Victoria Palace, London; Broadway, Sydney & Melbourne). Other theatre includes: SWEENEY TODD (Gate, Dublin); LANDSCAPE WITH WEAPON (National Theatre); RESURRECTION BLUES (Old Vic); TIN TIN (Barbican); BETRAYAL, THE PHILANTHROPIST, OLD TIMES, LOBBY HERO, A BOSTON MARRIAGE (Donmar); JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA (National Theatre & West End); HONOUR (National Theatre); FAR AWAY (New York), A NUMBER (Royal Court); BLUE / ORANGE (National Theatre/ West End); Disney's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME in Berlin; and VIA DOLOROSA (Royal Court / New York).

Winner of two Olivier Awards for Best UK Lighting Design. Recent opera includes: BETROTHAL IN A MONASTERY (Glyndebourne and Valencia); BILLY BUDD, RADAMISTO, LA BOHEME, DAPHNE, TEA, PETER GRIMES (Santa Fe); FIERY ANGEL, TURANDOT (Bolshoi, Moscow); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (La Fenice); THE LITTLE PRINCE (Houston Grand Opera); WOZZEK (Royal Opera House); GLORIANA and LA BOHEME (Opera North).

Dance includes Matthew Bourne's award-winning SWAN LAKE (London, Los Angeles, Broadway and world tour); and CINDERELLA (London and Los Angeles).

Stephen Warbeck

MUSIC

Stephen has written extensively for theatre – most recently “SWIMMING WITH SHARKS” at the Vaudeville Theatre, “CLOUD NINE” at the Almeida and “IN CELEBRATION” at the Duke of York’s. He has written scores for the acclaimed production of “THE SEAGULL” at the Royal Court Theatre and Broadway, “DYING FOR IT” at the Almeida and “PROOF” at the Donmar Warehouse, as well as “HOTHOUSE”, “AN INSPECTOR CALLS”; “MACHINAL”; “ROOTS”; “MAGIC OLYMPICAL GAMES” and “AT OUR TABLE” for the National Theatre. At the RSC: “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”, “THE TEMPEST”, “ROMEO AND JULIET”, “THE WHITE DEVIL”, “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW”, “THE CHERRY ORCHARD” and “CYMBELINE”. At the Royal Court Theatre: “THE NIGHT HERON”, “BOY GETS GIRL”, “MOUTH TO MOUTH” (West End transfer), “DUBLIN CAROL”, “THE GLORY OF LIVING”, “THE LIGHTS”, “HARRY AND ME”, “PALE HORSE”, “RAT IN THE SKULL”, “MOJO”, “SIMPATICO”, “THE EDITING PROCESS”, “THE KITCHEN”, “BLOOD”, “GREENLAND”, “BLOODY POETRY”, “A LIE OF THE MIND”, “BUILT ON SAND”, and at the Globe: OTHELLO, PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE; JEAN LA CHANCE at Theatre des Treize Vents, as well as music for many other plays. Stephen completed his first ballet score in 2005, “PETER PAN”, for Northern Ballet, choreographed by David Nixon.

Stephen Warbeck’s film scores include “THE OTHER MAN”, “PRINCESS KA’IULANI”, “FREAKDOG”, “MACHAN”, “FRENCH FILM”, “THE HESSEN AFFAIR”, “THE BOX COLLECTOR”, “GOAL 2”, “FLAWLESS”, “MIGUEL & WILLIAM” “CARGO”,”FEAST OF THE GOAT”, “ALPHA MALE”, “TRAVAUX”, “ON A CLEAR DAY”, “MICKYBO & ME”, “POUR LE PLAISIR”, “TWO BROTHERS”, “OYSTER FARMER”, “PROOF”, “THE ALZHEIMER CASE”, “POUR LE PLAISIR”, “LOVE’S BROTHER”, “BLACKBALL”, “MYSTICS”, “SECRET PASSAGE”, “DESIRE”, “CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN” ), “BIRTHDAY GIRL” , “GABRIEL AND ME”, “BILLY ELLIOTe), “QUILLS”, “ VERY ANNIE MARY”, “MYSTERY MEN”, “FANNY AND ELVIS, “SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Academy Award for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score), “HEART”, “MRS BROWN”, “MY SON THE FANATIC” , “DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS” (BBC/X Pictures/Great Guns), “BROTHERS IN TROUBLE”, “O MARY THIS LONDON” and “SISTER MY SISTER”.

In recent years he has written scores for more than forty television plays or films, including all the various “PRIME SUSPECT” dramas (for which he was nominated for a BAFTA award). He also writes music for his band the hKippers.

Julian Webber

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Julian adapted and directed The Three Musketeers at the Young Vic Theatre, which was nominated for a Barclay's Theatre Award in 2002; more recently, the West-End revival of The Shape of Things by Neil Labute, and The Barber of Seville at the Bristol Old Vic in a new adaptation by Lee Hall. For eight years Julian was Artistic Director of Soho Rep, New York and is currently Associate Director for Billy Elliot the Musical for which he won a Helpmann Award for the recent production in Sydney, Australia.

CAST

UNDERSTUDIES

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The performance runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes, no interval.

 

UK TOUR DATES 2011

 

Thu 22 Sep - Sat 1 Oct 
LEICESTER Curve
0116 242 3595

 

Tue 4 - Sat 8 Oct 
BATH Theatre Royal 
01225 448844

 

Tue 11 - Sat 15 Oct 
OXFORD Playhouse
01865 305305

 

Tue 18 - Sat 22 Oct 
CAMBRIDGE Arts Theatre
01223 503333

 

Tue 1 - Sat 5 Nov 
BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
08448 717 617

 

Tue 8 - Sat 12 Nov 
STOKE-ON-TRENT
Regent Theatre 08448 717 619

 

Tue 15 - Sat 19 Nov 
RICHMOND Theatre 

08448 717 651

 

Tue 22 - Sat 26 Nov 
BROMLEY Churchill Theatre 
08448 717 696

 

Tue 29 Nov - Sat 3 Dec 
HIGH WYCOMBE Swan Theatre 
01494 512000

 

Tue 6 - Sat 10 Dec 
PLYMOUTH Theatre Royal
01752 260960

 

UK TOUR DATES 2012

 

BLACKPOOL Grand Theatre
Tue 9 - Sat 14 Jan
01253 290190 
www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk 

 

NORWICH Theatre Royal
Tue 17 - Sat 21 Jan    
01603 630 000 
www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk


NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal
Tue 24 - Sat 28 Jan    
0115 989 5555 
www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk


SALFORD QUAYS The Lowry      
Tue 31 Jan - Sat 4 Feb           
0870 787 5790 
www.thelowry.com


BELFAST Grand Opera House
Tue 7 - Sat 11 Feb      
028 9024 1919 
www.goh.co.uk


DUBLIN Gaiety Theatre       
Tue 14 - Sat 18 Feb
+353 (1) 6771717  
www.gaietytheatre.ie 

 

GLASGOW Theatre Royal
Tue 21 - Sat 25 Feb
0870 060 6647 
www.atgtickets.com/TheatreRoyalGlasgow

 

ABERDEEN HMT
Tue 28 Feb - Sat 3 Mar          
01224 641122 
www.boxofficeaberdeen.com


BRADFORD Alhambra
Tue 6 - Sat 10 Mar     
01274 432 000 
www.bradford-theatres.co.uk


AYLESBURY Waterside
Tue 20 - Sat 24 Mar   
0844 871 7607  
www.atgtickets.com/AylesburyWatersideTheatre

 

CARDIFF New Theatre
Tue 27 - Sat 31 Mar               
029 2087 8889 
www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

 

SWINDON Wyvern Theatre 
Tue 3 - Sat 7 Apr       
01793 524 481 
www.wyverntheatre.org.uk

 

CHELTENHAM Everyman
Tue 10 - Sat 14 Apr   
01242 572573 
www.everymantheatre.org.uk

 

NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal
Tue 17 - Sat 21 Apr   
08448 11 21 21 
www.theatreroyal.co.uk

 

SHEFFIELD Lyceum
Tue 24 - Sat 28 Apr   
0114 249 6000 
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

 

SWANSEA Grand Theatre   
Tue 1 - Sat 5 May      
01792 475715 
www.swanseagrand.co.uk

 

LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru
Tue 8 - Sat 12 May    
01492 872000 
www.venuecymru.co.uk

 

NORTHAMPTON Derngate
Tue 15 - Sat 19 May  
01604 624811 
www.royalandderngate.co.uk

 

WIMBLEDON New Theatre
Tue 22 - 26 May         
0870 060 6646 
www.atgtickets.com/NewWimbledonTheatre

 


Education

Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning interpretation of J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls has wowed secondary school, college and university students throughout the world since it opened in 1992. 

 

As a GCSE syllabus text, the play is hugely popular amongst school groups, so we advise booking early! Take advantage of our generous school discounts, available at each theatre. 

 

The 2011-12 UK Tour of An Inspector Calls is accompanied by an Education Programme, including: 

 

FREE TEACHERS RESOURCE PACK
Click to download your FREE copy of: An Inspector Calls: A Resource Pack for Teachers (link to pdf)

Copyright Kim Greengrass .... as already shown...

 

PAGE TO STAGE 
£3 per student (plus show ticket) / 1 hour in length
Aimed at GCSE students, the Page to Stage event looks at the production and rehearsal process addressing particular craft, thematic and character developments. The event takes place in the theatre auditorium prior to one of the midweek matinee performances. With a maximum of 200 places available at each event, we recommend booking early!  Contact your local theatre for dates, times and prices. 

 

POST-SHOW TALK 
FREE to ticket holders / 20-30mins in length
Q&A session with members of the company, tailored to suit school groups in attendance. Contact your local theatre for dates and times. 

 

Click here to download your FREE copy of the Teacher’s Resource Pack

 

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Reviews

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‘THRILLING. DON’T DARE MISS IT!’
DAILY MAIL

 

‘OUTSTANDING. A genuinely great production, enthralling and visually stunning’
DAILY TELEGRAPH

 

‘STUNNING. BLAZINGLY ORIGINAL STAGE IMAGERY. Dark and gleaming and elegant’
NEW YORK TIMES

 

‘As concentrated a piece of theatrical perfection as you will find anywhere’
DAILY TELEGRAPH

 

‘I simply cannot speak too highly of Stephen Daldry’s monumental expressionist reworking. I simply want to rush back.’
DAILY MAIL

 

‘THIS IS FIRST RATE PRIESTLEY played with atmosphere, purpose, style and wit’
FINANCIAL TIMES

 

‘One of the most INTOXICATING, THEATRICALLY IMAGINATIVE experiences of the 1990’s’
EVENING STANDARD

 

‘SPELL-BINDING. GRABS YOU BY THE THROAT and won’t let you go. Long may it do so’
THE GUARDIAN

 

‘STEPHEN DALDRY’S ASTONISHING PRODUCTION. Two hours of enthralling visually stunning drama’
DAILY TELEGRAPH

 

‘THRILLING, MAGISTERIAL PRODUCTION’
SUNDAY TIMES

 

‘AWE-INSPIRING’
THE TIMES

 

‘A WAKE UP CALL FOR THE PLANET’
USA TODAY

 

‘WILDLY IMAGINATIVE, URGENT AND THRILLING’
THE GUARDIAN

 

‘Ian MacNeil’s set, with its centrepiece of a crazy Wendy house mansion which lurches and crumples as the family’s cosy lives disintegrate, is a wonder.’
TODAY

 

‘Stephen Daldry’s EPOCH MAKING re-working of J.B. Priestley’s resounding morality play is a THRILLING PIECE OF THEATRE which MUST BE SEEN’
DAILY MAIL

 

‘WITHOUT QUESTION THE PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR’
THE GUARDIAN

 

‘Stephen Daldry’s THRILLING AWARD-LADEN production has returned. The defining production of the 1990s, a work of GREAT DIRECTORIAL DARING, BREATHTAKING VISUAL INVENTION and PASSIONATE MORAL URGENCY.’
DAILY TELEGRAPH


Contacts

PRODUCER & GENERAL MANAGER

 

Oliver Royds | PW Productions Ltd
e. olly@pwprods.co.uk

w. www.pwprods.co.uk

 

General Manager

 

Oliver Royds
PW Productions
t. +44 (0)20 7395 7580
e. olly@pwprods.co.uk

 

UK TOUR MARKETING & PRESS

 

Helen Snell
t. +44 (0)20 7240 5537
e. info@helensnell.com