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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 Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home. Their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences. More relevant now than ever, this is a must-see for a whole new generation.
Since 1992, 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 theatergoers worldwide. An Inspector Calls is the most internationally-lauded production in the National Theatre’s history.
Dazzling, if you haven't seen it, you must. If you have, see it again- Mail On Sunday 2010
An epic for our epoch, a thrillingly physical piece of theatre - with the power to stir the heart as much as the mind- Evening Standard
It is great to see a new generation encountering this sobering and sadly relevant piece of theatre.- Financial Times
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.
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. His multi award-winning production of Billy Elliot The Musical ran for 11 incredible years at the Victoria Palace before embarking on a national tour.
Featuring Ian MacNeil’s ingenious designs, music by Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love) and atmospheric lighting by Rick Fisher, this landmark production is guaranteed to have old fans rushing back and new theatregoers being swept away into the mysterious world of Inspector Goole.
Director Stephen Daldry
Designer Ian MacNeil
Lighting Designer Rick Fisher
Composer Stephen Warbeck
Associate Director Julian Webber
Producer PW Productions
Please note: Trailer features previous cast.
Every time Stephen Daldry's great production of this JB Priestley play returns, its power and pertinence feel all the more striking- The Independent
Stephen Daldry’s spectacularly successful remount of JB Priestley has returned to the West End… it remains a remarkable evening.- The Times
I never tire of watching it. An Inspector Calls always speaks to the changing political moment.- Dominic Cavendish for The Telegraph
In 1866, Liverpool Empire began its life as The Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House and was run by gas light and steam power. The name changed to what it is today in 1895, so has had its name for over 100 years. It went through many refurbishments, before being bought by ATG and the theatre now stands about a quarter size bigger than it originally stood.