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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