Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of J.B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls marks its 20th anniversary with a major national tour, including a stay at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from January 24-28.
Director Stephen Daldry, now triple Oscar-nominated for his films The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot, won his first major directorial success in 1992 when his visionary revival of An Inspector Calls opened at the National Theatre to outstanding critical acclaim.
Featuring Ian MacNeil’s ingenious designs, a sweeping score by Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love) and atmospheric lighting by Rick Fisher, the production has received an unprecedented string of awards – a total of 19 major international awards – including the Olivier Award for Best Revival, Best Director and Best Designer and the Tony Award on Broadway for Best Revival, Best Director and Best Lighting.
The longest running play revival in history, An Inspector Calls has played in the West End, on Broadway, across Australia, the United States, Japan and Europe and has currently completed six major UK tours. The production is widely renowned as the theatrical event of our generation, now seen by an excess of two million theatregoers worldwide.
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 dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman whom each of them in turn has exploited. His startling revelations not only shatter the very foundations of their lives but challenge us all to examine our consciences. Daldry’s production unites the 1912 setting with the time it was written in 1945, transfering the play to a dramatic cobblestone wartorn wasteland, where the Edwardian Birling family home looms precariously, suspended on stilts.
Tickets cost £12-£26. Call the box office on 0115 9895555.