Stephen Daldryâ€™s production of J.B. Priestleyâ€™s play is almost sold out, but it is definitely worth checking for return tickets at the Grand ThÃ©Ã¢tre box office.
Bringing J.B. Priestley’s play, “An Inspector Calls”, set in 1912, bang up to date by staging it as a play being watched by an audience in 1945 (the year it was written) was a stroke of genius that made Stephen Daldry’s name as a director in 1999. Priestley’s entertaining thriller is also a fine piece of social commentary about class in England, but now in Daldry’s hands it can also be read as a critique of the greed of financial institutions.
The plot revolves around the wealthy Birling family who are questioned by a police inspector about the suicide of a young working-class woman. Daldry heightens the tension by introducing a set that mirrors German expressionism cinema and a score that recalls Hitchcock.
This production has received widespread acclaim, with Brian Logan in The Guardian calling it “brilliantly accusatory, bracing and strange.”