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An Inspector Calls archiveWhen Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family investigating the suicide of a poor young local woman his startling revelations shatter the very foundation of their lives. As the Inspector asks insinuating questions it becomes clear that they all bear guilt for the destruction of the woman they have variously exploited for cheap labour, cheap sex and worse - And then the plot thickens. Written at the end of the second World War and set before the first, An Inspector Calls is a brilliantly compelling and haunting thriller. <a href="http://www.aninspectorcalls.com">Website</a>

Cast/Performers

Nicholas Day, Sandra Duncan, David Roper, Mark Healy, Katie McGuinness, Elizabeth Ross

Creatives/Company

Author: J B Priestley
Producer: Royal National Theatre
Director: Stephen Daldry (original director)
Design: Ian MacNeil
Lighting: Rick Fisher
Music: Stephen Warbeck
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An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls (Play) production archive for QTIX code T01139219965. Details of all An Inspector Calls archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S2343

Archive Listings

21 Jun 05
to
25 Jun 05
The Playhouse
Oxford
Oxfordshire
14 Jun 05
to
18 Jun 05
Theatre Royal
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
7 Jun 05
to
11 Jun 05
Theatre Royal
Bath
Bath & North East Somerset
31 May 05
to
4 Jun 05
New Victoria Theatre
Woking
Surrey
24 May 05
to
28 May 05
Marlowe Theatre
Canterbury
Kent
17 May 05
to
21 May 05
The Lowry
Salford
Greater Manchester
10 May 05
to
14 May 05
Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre)
Poole
Dorset
3 May 05
to
7 May 05
Theatr Clwyd
Mold
Flintshire
26 Apr 05
to
30 Apr 05
Belgrade Theatre
Coventry
West Midlands
19 Apr 05
to
23 Apr 05
Everyman Theatre
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
12 Apr 05
to
16 Apr 05
Mayflower Theatre
Southampton
Hampshire
4 Apr 05
to
9 Apr 05
Grand Theatre
Swansea
Glamorgan
22 Mar 05
to
26 Mar 05
King's Theatre
Glasgow
Glasgow
15 Mar 05
to
19 Mar 05
Grand Theatre
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
8 Mar 05
to
12 Mar 05
Tyne Theatre and Opera House
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
1 Mar 05
to
5 Mar 05
Regent Theatre
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
22 Feb 05
to
26 Feb 05
New Wimbledon Theatre
Outer London
Greater London
4 Feb 05
to
19 Feb 05
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Birmingham
West Midlands

UKTW News/Reviews

News:
08Feb05:

User Reviews

USER (08Feb05): An Inspector Calls Birmingham Rep, Monday 7 February 2005 This production has been on tour since early 2003. Such is the popularity of this J B Priestley classic that 2 years on it is back in Birmingham at the Rep and still packing them in! The atmosphere was buzzing with anticipation and that special magic that goes with first nights and classic thrillers. Stephen Daldry’s award winning National Theatre production which dates back to a decade ago, has a more symbolic and impressionistic setting than for example the film version with Alastair Sim and works beautifully. The small child, at the opening of the play, tugging at the heavy stage curtain trying to get in but failing to do so. The house in which the rather grand Birlings live, rather nut like and once cracked open exposing some pretty terrible hypocrisy all works wonderfully! The cobbled street on an incline, which seemed to move things off centre worked to create an unreal and yet recognisable environment. Clearly all is not what it first seems… The main players and there are familiar faces, live out the drama with passion and individually are highly believable and compelling. They are without doubt assisted by both the eerie settings, immaculate costumes; the ladies dresses are beautiful, atmospheric lighting and clever positioning of actors. It simply works and the audience applause at the close demonstrated that once again. “An Inspector Calls” is as relevant today as when it was first written and part of the impact is that you can still relate to both the behaviour of the characters and their beliefs. The comfortable, middle class Birlings lives are thrown into chaos by the arrival of the mysterious Inspector Goole played convincingly by Nicholas Day. He is the kind of Inspector that will get right inside the case and force the characters to face their actions. David Roper an imposing figure of a man is impressive as the pompous Arthur Birling and projected himself well. Sandra Duncan is equally well cast as his haughty wife and together they play a thoroughly immoral pair who could try and get themselves out of anything! Their daughter Sheila, the only really good one in the family is played sympathetically by Katie McGuinness. Her drink sodden brother Eric is played with conviction and at times great hysteria by Nick Barber. Mark Healy a well-known TV face is tall, dashing and believable as Gerald Croft the fiancé of Sheila. Elizabeth Ross plays Edna the maid, a lovely character piece and another example of “us and them”. I enjoyed the evening immensely and can only wish the tour all the success it deserves and it now continues throughout the UK until at least the end of June 2005! Clive Fuller

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