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.
“★★★★★…a memorable production.” –DC Theatre Scene
“ELEGANT…an evening of many dark and twisting delights.” –The Washington Post
“ASTONISHING…there is no better time to see this production.” –DC Metro Theater Arts
“EXCELLENT…the most entertaining play of the season.” –Washington City Paper
“EYE-POPPING…remains vital and sharp in 2018.” –BroadwayWorld
“TRULY EXTRAORDINARY…the cast is uniformly excellent.” –CurtainUp
“BEAUTIFULLY REALIZED…a gorgeously evocative piece of theatre.” –MD Theatre Guide
“INCREDIBLE…make[s] a real emotional impact.” –TheaterMania
“ENTERTAINING…a brilliantly inventive staging.” –Washington Blade
“MUST SEE…a timeless thriller with a social conscience.” –Woman Around Town
“BRILLIANT…a rare treat for theatergoers.” –Whisk and Quill
“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…a triumph of artistry.” –Two Hours’ Traffic
“RIVETING…a thrilling expressionistic masterpiece.” –Talkin’ Broadway
“WONDERFUL…the real highlight is the sly, brilliant way the story goes about telling itself.” –Brightest Young Things
Meet Stephen Daldry
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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INTERNATIONAL: Shakespeare’s Globe: Richard III, Twelfth Night (U.S. Tours), Measure for Measure, Edward II, Richard II, Macbeth; Royal Lyceum Edinburgh): 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; Royal Lyceum / Nottingham Playhouse: Macbeth; Glasgow Citizens Theatre / Bush Theatre: Tom Fool; Traverse Theatre: Stranger Babies, The Found Man, Men in White Suits, Things We Do for Love, The Speculator, Family, King Lear, Knives in Hens, Wormwood; Clyde Unity / Drill Hall: Babycakes; Sheffield Crucible Theatre: The Merchant of Venice; Cumbernauld Theatre: Rumplestiltskin; Salisbury Playhouse / China Tour: Twelfth Night. FILM: No Man’s Land, Feet Steps, Gas Attack. TELEVISION: Shetland, Swine Fever, High Road, Machair, Bad Boys, Taggart, Strathblair II. OTHER: Radio: 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, Master of Ballantrae. AWARDS: CATS Award for Best Actor (2006, Tales from Hollywood at Perth Theatre).
INTERNATIONAL: National Theatre (U.K. Tour): Hedda Gabler; National Theatre: Man and Superman, Albert Speer; Harold Pinter Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest; Old Vic: The Liar; Almeida Theatre / Garrick Theatre: The Rehearsal; Northampton Royal Derngate: Basket Case; Lyric Theatre (Belfast): A Doll’s House; Royal Shakespeare Company: Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing; Nottingham Playhouse: Hamlet; Redgrave Theatre: All My Sons; Scarborough: The Revengers Comedies; Birmingham Rep: Last Easter; Oxford Playhouse: She Stoops to Conquer, Travesties; York Theatre Royal: The Rivals. FILM: Man and Superman (National Theatre Live). TELEVISION: Vera, Titanic, Room with a View, A Very British Coup, The Blackheath Poisonings, Catherine Cookson / The Glass Virgin, Chimera, Drop the Dead Donkey, Frank Stubbs, In His Life: The John Lennon Story, Inspector Lynley, Inspector Morse, Island Gardens, Doctors, Jonathan Creek, Manchild, Minder, Ruth Rendell Mysteries: May and June and No Crying He Makes, Seaforth, Sleeper, The Bretts, Return of Sherlock Holmes, Agony Too, Material Girl, The Saint, Doctor Who, The Sleeper, Underbelly. OTHER: Radio: Home Front; I, Claudius; Charles Paris; narrator for audio books.
INTERNATIONAL: U.K. Tours: Birdsong, Fox on the Fairway (Berrard), I Dreamed a Dream, The Roy Orbison Story, The Comedy of Errors, The Forsyte Saga; Vienna’s English Theatre: Out of Order, Donkey’s Years, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Funny Money; Hornchurch: Made in Dagenham; New Wolsey Theatre: Sweet Charity; Watermill Theatre: The Witches of Eastwick; Alhambra Theatre: Aladdin; Channel Islands: Buddy; Ludlow Festival: Othello, Richard III; West Yorkshire Playhouse / Birmingham Rep: Privates on Parade; International Tour: Mamma Mia!; Watermill Theatre (Newbury) / National Tour: The Hot Mikado; Northcott Theatre: Dick Whittington, The Comedy of Errors; Swan Theatre: The Rivals, The Blue, A Christmas Carol; Frankfurt: Return to the Forbidden Planet, Chicago; Sherman Theatre: Vanity Fair; Liverpool Playhouse: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula, The Wind in the Willows; Grand Swansea: Stagestruck; Whitehall Theatre: Du lac Eurydice. FILM: The Italian Consul (Film Italia). TELEVISION: Diana: Her True Story, A Life, Poirot, The Bill, Family Affairs, Westbeach, Kidnap & Ransom, The Runaway. OTHER: Radio: Saplings, Gilbert Without Sullivan. TRAINING: The Webber Douglas Academy.
INTERNATIONAL: U.K. / International Tour: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet); Oldham Coliseum / Harrogate Theatre: Relatively Speaking; Eastern Angles: The Railway Children, Trials of Mary; Union Theatre: Heartbreak House; Arts Theatre: Enveloped in Velvet; RADA: The Daughter in Law, Mercury Fur, The Witch of Edmonton. FILM: Bikini Blue (2017, Academy Award-nominated Studio Filmowe Zebra, Warsaw). TELEVISION: Not Safe for Work. TRAINING: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
INTERNATIONAL: The Arches / Encounter Festival / Brno: Manning; National Youth Theatre: Tory Boyz, Prince of Denmark, Romeo and Juliet, Pope Joan, Black and White, As You Like It; National Theatre: Prince of Denmark; The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: 13, The Country Wife, The Merchant of Venice, The Seagull. OTHER: National Youth Theatre: Participant in London 2012 Olympics Welcoming Ceremony. TRAINING: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, National Youth Theatre Rep Company.
INTERNATIONAL: Tristan Bates Theatre: The Baleful Lie; Out of Joint / Watford Palace / Arcola Theatre / Tour: Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern; Curve Theatre: The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Chipping Norton Theatre: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me; York Theatre Royal: The Mercy Seat; Abbey Theatre: King Lear, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Three Sisters; Southwark Playhouse: The Only True History of Lizzie Finn; Garter Lane Arts Centre: Brighton; Watford Palace: The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Royal Shakespeare Company / Tricycle: I’ll Be The Devil; Project Theatre (Dublin): All Over Town, The Irish Curse; Old Vic: 24 Hour Plays: Lucy’s Brief Guide to Being Human; Salisbury Playhouse: Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk; Floodtide Theatre Company: The Cure at Troy; Bath Theatre Royal: Much Ado About Nothing; dreamthinkspeak: Don’t Look Back; Attic Theatre Company: Markings; The Mill at Sonning: A Passionate Woman. TELEVISION: Jubilee Nurse, Mr. Selfridge, Fair City.
INTERNATIONAL: Garrick Theatre / Aldwich Theatre / U.K. and Australia Tours: An Inspector Calls (Edna). Edinburgh Festival: Work with Matthew Hawkins (2007); Southbank Centre / Malvern Theatre / Theatre Royal Margate: Red Ladies; Ipswich: God’s Garden; DV8 Physical Theatre: Can we afford this? The cost of living (2000 Sydney Olympics Arts Festival, toured to London and Hong Kong), Strange Fish, Bound to Please. OTHER: Dance: Barrowland Ballet (Scottish Tour / Edinburgh Fringe Festival): A Conversation with Carmel, 2013. Dancer at Ballet Rambert at the Mercury Theatre, Notting Hill Gate, 1948.
INTERNATIONAL: Wimbledon: Blue/Orange; Criterion Theatre: Otherwise Engaged; Duchess Theatre: The Birthday Party; Albery Theatre: See You Next Tuesday; National Theatre: She Stoops to Conquer, A Laughing Matter; Garrick Theatre: Feelgood; Queen’s Theatre: The Lady in the Van; Vaudeville Theatre: Dead Funny; Theatre Royal Haymarket: Arcadia; Olympia Theatre (Dublin): Run for Your Wife, Move Over Mrs. Markham; Gate Theatre (Dublin): Candida; Regents Park Theatre: Othello, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Belfast: The Miser, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Zoo Story; Comedy Theatre: The Misanthrope; Hexagon (Reading): Ben Hur; Old Vic: The Caretaker; U.K. Tour: The Dishwashers, Maurice’s Jubilee, The History Boys. TELEVISION: Paranormal Live, Dream Team, Emmerdale, Remington Steele, The Scar, Brien Friel Profile. OTHER: Radio: Pravda, Night Falls on the City, The Zoo Story. TRAINING: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
INTERNATIONAL: National Theatre: Translations; Royal Shakespeare Company: Henry V; King’s Cross Theatre: The Railway Children; Les Enfants Terribles: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Bristol Old Vic: The Last Days of Mankind; Australia, Asia and U.K. Tours: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt; Redgrave Theatre: Twelfth Night. TELEVISION: Ghost Writer, Your Move, The Daughter. OTHER: Radio BBC Carleton Hobbs Nominee, An Elixir of Love, The Incident (Christchurch Studios).
INTERNATIONAL: Don’t Hate the Players Theatre Company: Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing; Tomahawk Theatre Company: Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet; Old Fire Station: Condemned to Live, Henry VI; Upstairs at the Gatehouse: Too Much Punch for Judy; European Arts Company (International Tour): The Picture of Dorian Gray; Pleasance Theatre: Of Sirens and Other Monsters.
INTERNATIONAL: Frinton Summer Theatre: The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Towswomens Guild (Mrs. Reece), Relatively Speaking (Sheila), The Importance of Being Earnest (Miss Prism); Royal Festival Hall / Philharmonia Opera: Peer Gynt (Ase); New Victoria Theatre (Stoke): Perfect Days (Barbs), Stepping Out (Mavis); Stephen Joseph Theatre / Tour / West End: GamePlan (Grace Paige), Flatspin (Annetter Sefton-Wilcox), Role Play (Dee Jobson); Salisbury Playhouse / Lyric Theatre: Maddie (Mrs. Klein); Belgrade Theatre (Coventry): Wakey Wakey (Mabel Cotton); Swan Theatre: Up on the Roof (Bryony), I Have Been Here Before (Sally Pratt), Private Lives (Amanda); Coliseum Oldham: Distinguished Service, Habeus Corpus, Judy, Rutherford and Son; Regents Park: The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Babes in Arms; Westcliff: When I Was a Girl I Used, Company, Into the Woods (Florinda, Winner of Regional Theatre Award). OTHER: Radio: BBC Radio4: The Antiquary, The Bride of Lammermoor, Saplings. TRAINING: The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
INTERNATIONAL: Recent work includes: The Jungle (with Justin Martin), The Inheritance, The Audience, Skylight, Billy Elliot the Musical, An Inspector Calls. FILM: Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Trash. TELEVISION: The Crown.
NEW YORK: Artistic Director of Soho Rep for 8 years, produced and directed new plays by such playwrights as Mac Wellman, Len Jenkin, Sherry Kramer, Eric Overmeyer, Joyce Carol Oates and David Lindsey Abaire. INTERNATIONAL: Billy Elliot the Musical (Associate Director, Helpmann Award for the production in Sydney, Australia, mounted productions in Chicago, Toronto, Holland and the latest U.K. Tour); Young Vic: The Three Musketeers (adapter and director; Barclay’s Theatre Award nomination); West End: The Shape of Things (revival); Bristol Old Vic: The Barber of Seville (new adaptation by Lee Hall).
NEW YORK: Broadway: Betrayal. INTERNATIONAL: National Theatre: Angels in America (also Broadway), Machinal (Critics’ Circle Award), An Inspector Calls (West End and international; Olivier and Critic Circle Awards), The Amen Corner; Royal Court Theatre: Far Away, A Number, Via Dolorosa (West End and Broadway), Plasticine (Evening Standard Award); Young Vic: Afore Night Come, Tintin, Vernon God Little, A Doll’s House (West End and BAM); Almeida Theatre: Festen (West End and Broadway; Evening Standard Award), Little Revolution; West End: Billy Elliot the Musical (Broadway and international; Tony Award).
INTERNATIONAL: An Inspector Calls (York, 1990 and National Theatre, 1992, West End, Broadway, U.S. Tour, Australia, Japan, U.K. Tours); National Theatre: Consent, Blue/Orange, Jerry Springer the Opera; West End: Sunny Afternoon, Chariots of Fire, Billy Elliot the Musical (also Broadway and international tours), The Audience (also Broadway), Judas Kiss (also Toronto and New York); Old Vic: Mood Music; Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: Peter Pan; Charing Cross Theatre: The Woman in White, Man to Man (U.K. Tour / New York); Royal Court Theatre: Tribes, A Number; Donmar Warehouse: Family Reunion, Betrayal, The Philanthropist, Old Times; Royal Shakespeare Company: The Merchant of Venice; Mata Hari (Tokyo); The King and I (Paris / Chicago); Sweeney Todd (Paris / San Francisco / Houston); The Sound of Music (Buenos Aires); Much Ado About Nothing (Singapore); Far Away (New York). OPERA: Recent highlights include: Don Carlo (Los Angeles); Madam Butterfly (Santa Fe); The Monteverdi Trilogy (U.K., U.S., Europe). OTHER: Dance: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (London / Los Angeles / Broadway / World Tour). AWARDS: Two Olivier Awards for Best Lighting Design and two Tony and Drama Desk Awards for An Inspector Calls and Billy Elliot (Broadway).
Academy Award-winning musical composer Stephen Warbeck began studying piano and composing at the age of four. After eight years of working as a composer and performer for the stage Stephen began writing music for film and television and has since built up a considerable filmography. He has written music for more than 40 television projects and has received five BAFTA nominations and in 2013 a BAFTA Award for his work on Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2. Other recent television projects include Indian Summers and first two series of A Young Doctor’s Notebook. Stephen has scored many feature films including: Mon Roi, Seve, Polisse, Proof, Mrs. Brown, Mystery Men, Quills, Billy Elliott, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Birthday Girl and Shakespeare in Love, for which he won an Academy Award. His other notable stage productions include: the Globe’s Richard II, the Donmar’s Temple, the RSC’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies; the Royal Court’s The River and Jerusalem (both West End and Broadway transfers) and The Seagull; The National Theatre’s The Red Lion, The Silver Tassie, This House, The Veil; John Madden’s Proof, Sam Mendes’ To The Green Fields Beyond; Old Times and Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre and many productions for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Almeida and West End theatres. In addition to composing for film and television, Stephen has written music for numerous radio plays and written several concert pieces. Peter Pan is his first ballet score.