Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of JB Priestley’s classic drama returns to the West End for a strictly limited season of 8 weeks following a hugely successful UK tour. Daldry returns to re-direct the show and full casting information will be released soon.
Following its initial success at the National Theatre, Stephen Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls transferred to the West End for two years, prior to a world tour. In 1993 the production opened on Broadway, winning an unprecedented string of awards including four Tony Awards. Winning a total of 19 major awards since it first opened, this landmark production has played in Australia, the United States, Japan and Europe, and as well as its first West End run, has completed six major UK tours and a return visit to the West End which lasted for over eight years. Well in excess of 2 million theatergoers have watched the production at nearly 5000 performances.
Now world-renowned as one of Britain’s leading theatre and film directors Stephen Daldry has been back in the spotlight as his latest film The Reader won numerous award nominations and it’s star Kate Winslett picked up both the Oscar and the BAFTA for best female performer. Since then, Daldry’s hugely popular stage production of Billy Elliot has been nominated for a staggering 15 awards. When An Inspector Calls opened at the National Theatre in 1992 to universal acclaim it was awarded three Olivier Awards, two Evening Standard awards and was hailed as the definitive production.
Written 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. Their peaceful family dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman.