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An Inspector Calls – see an acclaimed production of this seminal play

An Inspector Calls
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An Inspector Calls UK tour
In a nutshell
GCSE / English Literature / Theatre
Key Stage
KS3, KS4

Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller is about to commence a major 27-date tour of UK theatres across 2022-2023.

Winner of 19 major awards, An Inspector Calls has been hailed as the theatrical event of its generation

30 years on from its first performance at the National Theatre in 1992, Stephen Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls has won a total of 19 major awards, including four Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards, and has played to more than 5 million theatregoers worldwide.

An Inspector Calls is the most internationally-lauded production in the National Theatre’s history.

JB Priestley’s brilliantly constructed masterpiece powerfully dramatises the dangers of casual capitalism’s cruelty, complacency and hypocrisy. Stephen Daldry’s epic production highlights the play’s enduring relevance.

“An Inspector Calls has been hailed as the theatrical event of its generation”

Written at the end of the WWII and set before WWI, 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.

Now world-renowned as one of Britain’s leading theatre and film directors, Stephen Daldry has received Academy Award nominations for his films The Reader, The Hours, Billy Elliot and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

His recent West End theatre work includes David Hare’s Skylight at the Wyndham’s Theatre and Peter Morgan’s The Audience at the Apollo Theatre.

Featuring Ian MacNeil’s ingenious designs, with music by Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck and atmospheric lighting by Rick Fisher, this landmark production is guaranteed to have old fans rushing back to, and new theatregoers inexorably compelled by, the mysterious world of Inspector Goole…

Need to know
  • The play is hugely popular amongst school groups as a GCSE syllabus text, so we advise booking early! Take advantage of generous school discounts, available at each theatre.
  • An accompanying education pack is available to download from the show’s website. It contains a range of ideas and activities to supplement your theatre visit, and can be used with both GCSE English classes studying An Inspector Calls as a set text, and GCSE / A & AS Level drama or theatre studies groups, who may be seeing the play in the course of their theatrical studies.
  • The pack also includes an in-depth exploration of the play, featuring exclusive interviews with Stephen Daldry and his creative team.

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