An Inspector Calls!
- By Ken Werther
- Photo Courtesy of The Wallis
I first saw director Stephen Daldry’s National Theatre of Great Britain’s landmark production of An Inspector Calls on Broadway in 1994. It was truly unforgettable and I was thrilled when it played at the Ahmanson Theatre here in LA in 1996 as part of a U.S. tour so I could see it again! Now, 22 years later, the show has been revived and begins performances on January 22 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Once again directed by Stephen Daldry, the cast will feature Liam Brennan, Christine Kavanagh, Jeff Harmer, Andrew Macklin, Lianne Harvey, Hamish Riddle, and Diane Payne-Myers.
J.B. Priestley’s classic thriller, long considered part of the repertory of classic ‘drawing room’ theatre, was hailed as the theatrical event of its generation. It has won three Olivier Awards, four Tony Awards, and seven Drama Desk Awards, and has been seen by over four million theatergoers worldwide. An Inspector Calls has been described as, “An episode of The Twilight Zone wrapped in an Agatha Christie mystery … superbly tense … breathtaking anddaring … visually astonishing.” J.B. Priestley’s classic thriller is set in 1912 and tells the tale of Inspector Goole and his unexpected arrival at the prosperous Birling family home, shattering their peaceful dinner party by his investigation into the death of a young woman. Mystery, suspense, murder — I am so excited!
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