Winner of 19 major accolades, including multiple Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards, Stephen Daldry’s production of J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls continues to astound audiences more than 25 years later with its eerie prescience. Staged by Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Crown) in 1992 at the National Theatre, this “visually astonishing” (Daily Express) reinterpretation of Priestley’s expressionistic thriller has been hailed as one of “the defining productions” of modern British theatre, “a work of great directorial daring, breathtaking visual invention and passionate moral urgency” (Daily Telegraph).
A festive evening at the home of the Birlings, a well-heeled British family, is suddenly punctured by a mysterious visitor: a grim inspector investigating the death of a young woman. As questions multiply and guilt mounts, the Birlings’ entanglement in the affair shatters the foundations of their comfortable lives. Existing simultaneously in 1912, post-war society and modern day, Daldry’s spectacular production is both a plea for a more just society and a warning of what’s to come if we fail to attain it.
Stephen Daldry was just 31 when he first mounted his seminal production of An Inspector Calls at the National Theatre. After serving as Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre and directing a number of productions on the West End and Broadway, he tried his hand at film. Billy Elliot, his directorial debut, garnered multiple Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Director. He went on to direct The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Back in the theatre, he mounted a musical adaptation of Billy Elliot that went on to win 10 Tony Awards. In recent years, Daldry has ventured into television as an executive producer and director of Netflix’s popular series, The Crown.
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THEATRE: Richard III, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe/The Apollo Theatre/Belasco Theatre, New York); Measure for Measure, Edward II, Richard II, Twelfth Night, Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe); Union, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, A View From The Bridge, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant Of Venice, Othello, Anna Karenina, Montrose, The Gowk Storm, The Taming Of The Shrew, Hobson’s Choice, Mary Rose, Mr. Bolfry, Trivial Pursuits, Loot (all Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); Macbeth (Royal Lyceum/Nottingham Playhouse); Tom Fool (Glasgow Citizens Theatre/Bush Theatre); Stranger Babies, The Found Man, Men in White Suits, Things We Do for Love, The Speculator, Family, King Lear, Knives in Hens, Wormwood (Traverse Theatre); Babycakes (Clyde Unity/Drill Hall); The Merchant of Venice (Sheffield Crucible); Rumplestiltskin (Cumbernauld Theatre), Twelfth Night (Salisbury Playhouse/China Tour). TELEVISION: Shetland, Swine Fever, High Road, Machair, Bad Boys, Taggart and Strathblair II. Film includes: No Man’s Land, Feet Steps and Gas Attack. Radio Includes: Cloud Howe, Take Me to Necropolis, Red and Blue, The True Story of Bonnie Parker, Sullom Voe, Down and Out in Auchnakinnan, Piper Alpha, Much Ado About Nothing, La Princesse De Cleves, Of Mice and Men, Macbeth, Rob Roy and Master Of Ballantrae. Liam won the 2006 CATS Award for Best Actor for his performance in Tales From Hollywood (Perth Theatre).
THEATRE: Hedda Gabler (National Theatre U.K. tour), Man and Superman (National Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Harold Pinter Theatre), Albert Speer (National Theatre), The Liar (Old Vic), The Rehearsal (Almeida and Garrick), Basket Case (Northampton Royal Derngate), A Doll’s House (Lyric, Belfast), Macbeth (RSC), Hamlet (Nottingham Playhouse), All My Sons (Redgrave Theatre), The Revengers Comedies (Scarborough), Last Easter (Birmingham Rep), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC), She Stoops to Conquer (Oxford Playhouse), Travesties (Oxford Playhouse), The Rivals (York Theatre Royal).TELEVISION: Vera (ITV), Titanic (ITV), Room with a View (ITV), A Very British Coup (Skreba Films), The Blackheath Poisonings (Central Films), Catherine Cookson/The Glass Virgin (Festival film and ITV), Chimera (Zenith Films), Drop the Dead Donkey (Hat Trick/Channel 4), Frank Stubbs (Noel Gay TV), In His Life the John Lennon Story (NBC), Inspector Lynley (BBC), Inspector Morse (Channel 4), Island Gardens (BBC), Doctors (BBC), Jonathan Creek (BBC), Manchild (BBC), Minder (Thames TV), Ruth Rendell Mysteries - May and June, Ruth Rendell Mysteries - No crying he makes (TVS), Seaforth (BBC), Sleeper (BBC), The Bretts (Central TV), Return of Sherlock Holmes (Tiger Aspect), Agony Too (BBC), Material Girl (Carnival Films), The Saint (D L Taffner), Doctor Who (BBC), The Sleeper, Underbelly (BBC Initial films). FILM: Man and Superman NT Live (National Theatre). RADIO: includes Home Front, I Claudius, and Charles Paris for BBC radio four, member of the BBC radio drama company, and she narrates audio books.
THEATRE: Berrard in the National tour of Bird Song Fox on The Fairway, Out Of Order, Donkey's Years, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It, Funny Money (Vienna's English Theatre), Made in Dagenham (Hornchurch), Sweet Charity (New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich), I Dreamed A Dream (National Tour), The Witches of Eastwick, (Watermill Theatre) Aladdin (Alhambra Theatre), Buddy (Channel Islands), Othello, Richard III (Ludlow Festival), Privates on Parade (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Birmingham Rep) Mamma Mia! (International Tour), The Hot Mikado (Watermill Theatre Newbury and National Tour), Dick Whittington, The Comedy of Errors (Northcott Theatre, Exeter), The Rivals, The Blue, A Christmas Carol (Swan Theatre Worcester) The Roy Orbison Story (Bill Kenwright National Tour), Return to the Forbidden Planet, Chicago (Frankfurt), Vanity Fair (Sherman Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (National Tour), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracula, The Wind in the Willows (Liverpool Playhouse) Stagestruck (Grand Swansea), Du lac Eurydice (Whitehall Theatre) The Forsyte Saga (National Tour).TELEVISION AND FILM: Diana Her True Story (NBC), A Life (CH4) Poirot, The Bill, Family Affairs (CH5) Westbeach (BBC), Kidnap & Ransom (ITV), The Runaway (SKYTV), The Italian Consul (Film Italia), Saplings (BBC Radio 4), Gilbert Without Sullivan (BBC Radio 4) TRAINING: The Webber Douglas Academy.
THEATRE: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (U.K. and International tour), Relatively Speaking (Oldham Coliseum, Harrogate Theatre), The Railway Children and Trials of Mary (Eastern Angles), Heartbreak House (Union Theatre), Enveloped in Velvet (Arts Theatre), The Daughter in Law, Mercury Fur, The Witch of Edmonton (Whilst at RADA).TELEVISION: Not Safe for Work (Channel 4). FILM: The female lead in 2017 feature film Bikini Blue (for multi Academy Award-nominated Studio Filmowe Zebra, Warsaw). TRAINING: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Prior to training he was a member of the National Youth Theatre Rep Company. THEATRE: Manning (The Arches/Encounter Festival/Brno), Tory Boyz, Prince Of Denmark, Romeo And Juliet, Pope Joan, Black And White, As You Like It (N.Y.T.) and Prince Of Denmark (National Theatre). Theatre whilst training includes: 13, The Country Wife, Merchant of Venice and The Seagull (all for R.C.S.) Hamish also took part in the London 2012 Olympics Welcoming Ceremony as part of the N.Y.T. TRAINING: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
THEATRE: The Baleful Lie (Tristan Bates Theatre), Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern (Out of Joint/Watford Palace/Arcola Theatre/Tour), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Curve Theatre), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Chipping Norton Theatre), The Mercy Seat (York Theatre Royal), King Lear, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Three Sisters (Abbey Theatre), The Only True History of Lizzie Finn (Southwark Playhouse), Brighton (Garter Lane Arts Centre), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Watford Palace), I’ll be the Devil (RSC/Tricycle), All Over Town, The Irish Curse (Project Theatre, Dublin), 24 Hour Plays: Lucy’s Brief Guide to Being Human (Old Vic), Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk (Salisbury Playhouse), The Cure at Troy (Floodtide Theatre Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Bath Theatre Royal), Don’t Look Back (dreamthinkspeak), Markings (Attic Theatre Company), A Passionate Woman (Mill at Sonning). TV: Jubilee Nurse, Mr. Selfridge, Fair City.
Diana Payne-Myers was a dancer at Ballet Rambert at the Mercury Theatre, Notting Hill Gate, 1948. She has most recently worked in Scotland with Barrowland Ballet (Natasha Gilmore’s Glasgow based company) in A Conversation with Carmel 2013 (co-produced by Scottish Arts & Stratford East) at the Tramway Theatre, Glasgow; Stratford East, London & 2 Scotland tours concluding the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011.Other recent credits include: Further work with Matthew Hawkins at Edinburgh Festival (2007), Red Ladies (2014) at the Southbank Centre, Malvern & Margate, God’s Garden with Arthur Pita - created and presented in Ipswich followed by performances in Birmingham & later with a company at the Royal Opera House, London. Diana has also performed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Arts Festival with DV8 Physical Theatre company piece Can we afford this? The cost of living, (Everest Theatre, Sydney). It later toured to London and Hong Kong. Other work with DV8 includes Strange Fish (European tour) and Bound to Please which toured Europe 1999-2000. Diana returns to the role of Edna having performed in An Inspector Calls at the Garrick Theatre, the Aldwich Theatre, two UK tours & the Australia tour.
THEATRE: Blue/Orange (Wimbledon), Otherwise Engaged (Criterion), The Birthday Party (Duchess), See You Next Tuesday (Albery), She Stoops To Conquer/A Laughing Matter (National Theatre), Feelgood (Garrick), The Lady in the Van (Queen’s), Dead Funny (Vaudeville), Arcadia (Haymarket), Run For Your Wife and Move Over Mrs. Markham (Olympia Theatre, Dublin), Candida (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Othello and Love’s Labors’ Lost (Regents Park Theatre), The Miser, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, The Importance Of Being Earnest, Zoo Story (Belfast), The Misanthrope (Comedy) The History Boys (National Tour), Ben Hur (Hexagon, Reading). The Caretaker (Old Vic), The Dishwashers (National Tour), Maurice's Jubilee (National Tour). Training: LAMDA. TELEVISION/RADIO: Paranormal Live (for later this year), Dream Team (Sky), Emmerdale (Yorkshire), Remington Steele (MTV), The Scar (Channel 4), Brien Friel Profile (BBC), Pravda, Night Falls On The City (Radio4) and Zoo Story (Radio Ulster).
THEATRE: Translations (National Theatre), Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Railway Children (King’s Cross Theatre), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Les Enfants Terribles), The Last Days Of Mankind (Bristol Old Vic), We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Australia/Asia/UK Tour) and Twelfth Night (Redgrave Theatre). TELEVISION: Ghost Writer (BBC), Your Move (ITV West) and The Daughter (BFI).RADIO: BBC Carleton Hobbs Nominee, An Elixir of Love and The Incident (Christchurch Studios).
THEATRE: Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing (Don’t Hate The Players Theatre Company), Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet (Tomahawk Theatre Company), Condemned to Live, Henry VI (Old Fire Station), Too Much Punch for Judy (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), The Picture of Dorian Gray (international tour with European Arts Company), Of Sirens and Other Monsters (Pleasance Theatre).
THEATRE: Mrs. Reece in The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Towswomens Guild (Frinton); Ase in Peer Gynt (Royal Festival Hall/Philharmonia Opera); Sheila in Relatively Speaking (Frinton); Miss Prism in The Importance Of Being Earnest (Frinton); Barbs (Lead) in Perfect Days (New Victoria Theatre, Stoke); Mavis in Stepping Out (New Victoria Theatre); Grace Paige in GamePlan (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Tour and West End); Annetter Sefton-Wilcox in Flatspin (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Tour and West End); Dee Jobson in Role Play (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Tour and West End); Mrs Klein in Maddie (Salisbury Playhouse & Lyric Theatre London); Mabel Cotton in Wakey Wakey (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Bryony in Up on the Roof (Swan Theatre, Worcester); Sally Pratt in I Have Been Here Before (Swan Theatre, Worcester); Amanda in Private Lives (Swan Theatre, Worcester); Eve in Distinguished Service (Coliseum Oldham); Connie in Habeus Corpus (Coliseum Oldham); Heddy Hopper in Judy (Coliseum Oldham); Janet Rutherford in Rutherford and Son (Coliseum Oldham); Emilia in The Winter’s Tale (Regents Park); Hippolta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regents Park); Betty in Babes in Arms (Regents Park); Various in When I Was A Girl I Used (Westcliff); Marta in Company (Westcliff); Florinda in Into The Woods (Regional Theatre Award). RADIO: The Antiquary, BBC Radio4, The Bride Of Lammermoor. BBC Radio4 Saplings, BBC Radio4. TRAINING: the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.