An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls

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Sunderland Empire
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Tue 8 Apr - Sat 12 Apr 2025
  Tickets available from £15.00
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Play
1 hour 50 minutes
with no interval
Stephen Daldry's multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley's classic thriller returns after a record-breaking, sell-out tour in 2022.
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Sunderland Empire

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Tue 8 Apr - Sat 12 Apr 2025
High St West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX, UK
1 hour 50 minutes with no interval
Tue - Sat at 19:30
Wed, Thu, and Sat at 14:30
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Why go and see it?

Winner of 19 major awards and hailed as the theatrical event of its generation, An Inspector Calls has thrilled more than 5 million theatregoers worldwide.

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

An Inspector Calls

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. 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.

It is great to see a new generation encountering this sobering and sadly relevant piece of theatre.
- Financial Times
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
The production grips and dazzles. Still heart-thumpingly thrilling
- The Times

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 ElliotThe 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.

Creative team:

Director Stephen Daldry

Designer Ian MacNeil

Lighting Designer Rick Fisher

Composer Stephen Warbeck

Associate Director Charlotte Peters

Producer PW Productions

Please note: Trailer features previous cast.

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What the critics say

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

Sunderland Empire

High St West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX, UK
Sunderland
The Box Office is open for 90 minutes prior to the performance commencing. See 'What's On' section for performance times
Bar - Pre-show & interval drinks and snacks
Private Hospitality - Spaces available to hire
Membership Benefits - 25% off pre-show drinks (30mins prior)

Vesta Tilley laid the foundation stone of what is now the Sunderland Empire on 29 September 1906 and took to the stage on 1 July 1907 to officially declare the theatre open. Masterminded by two of the contemporary heads of British theatre, Edward Moss and Oswald Stoll, the Sunderland Empire Theatre has undergone many changes since it opened but remains the North East’s premier entertainment venue.

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Sunderland Empire

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Tue 8 Apr - Sat 12 Apr 2025
High St West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX, UK
1 hour 50 minutes with no interval
Tue - Sat at 19:30
Wed, Thu, and Sat at 14:30
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