Most people don’t know that Stephen Daldry’s production of J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls first took to the York Theatre Royal stage in 1989. That’s a whole three years before its debut at the National Theatre, which won 19 major awards.
Proving Yorkshire’s well and truly THE best county for theatre (certainly in my view, anyway), it’s a beautiful thought to know the successful show started here. Daldry has since gone on to direct work such as Billy Elliot and The Crown.
Most know or have studied the story about the mysterious Inspector Goole calling upon the Birling household to investigate the death of a young factory girl.
The production still focuses on the thriller element, but also the political driving force. The show will feature stunning designs from Ian MacNeil and music by composer Stephen Warbeck. It’s an all-star creative team, and I can’t wait to see the results.
Catch An Inspector Calls at York Theatre Royal from 14th-22nd September.
Photography credited to Mark Douet