Daldry's An Inspector Calls to Return to the West End

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Stephen Daldry's multiple award-winning production of J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls — which premiered at the National's Lyttelton Theatre in 1992 and subsequently played three West End runs and a hit Broadway engagement — will return to the West End.

Following the culmination of its current U.K. national tour, the production will begin performances at the Novello Theatre Sept. 22 for a run to Nov. 14. J.B. Priestley's play, which premiered in Moscow in 1945 before receiving its West End premiere in 1946 (when it starred Ralph Richardson), is described in press materials as "a compelling and haunting thriller." The story begins when the mysterious Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family home. Their peaceful family dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman.

Stephen Daldry, currently represented in the West End and on Broadway by his production of Billy Elliot (he also directed the original film version), will to return to re-direct the production, which he first directed at the National Theatre in 1992, where it won three Olivier Awards and two Evening Standard awards. On Broadway, it ran at the Royale Theatre April 14, 1994-May 28, 1995, and won four 1994 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play, Best Direction of a Play and Best Lighting Design for Rick Fisher. Designer Ian MacNeil was nominated for Best Scenic Design. MacNeil and Fisher will reprise their roles for this production, as will Stephen Warbeck for music. Casting is to be announced. It is being brought back to the West End by PW Productions, Kenneth H. Wax Ltd. and Oliver Royds.

Prior to the West End, An Inspector Calls will complete its current tour, visiting Cardiff's New Theatre (May 19-23), Leeds Grand Theatre (May 26-30), Nottingham's Theatre Royal (June 2-6), Oxford Playhouse (June 9-13) and Leicester's The Curve (June 16-20). For box office details, visit www.aninspectorcalls.com. For tickets for the Novello Theatre, call the box office at 0844 482 5170 or visit www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk.

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