An Inspector Calls… at the Alhambra!

An Inspector Calls is arriving in Bradford as part of its journey travelling to 27 venues next year.

JB Priestley’s classic thriller has been adapted for the stage by Stephen Daldry and the production is almost as famous as the book having won 19 major awards and played to more than 4 million theatre-goers worldwide.

The show is set at the end of the Second World War, when the mysterious Inspector Google shows up and shatters the Birling’s lives with news that a young woman has died.

This production is designed by Ian MacNeil, with music by Academy Award winning composer Stephen Warbeck and lighting by Rick Fisher. I think this is the same team as previous tours and, if so, I found the atmosphere incredibly gripping.

The tour stars Liam Brennan (Richard III and Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe), Christine Kavanah (Hedda Gabler and Much Ado About Nothing), Jeff Harmer (Bird Song), Alisdair Buchan (UK Tour of Sherlock Holmes at the Crimson Cobbles), Chloe Orrock (The Picture of Dorian Gray), Ryan Saunders (Hobson’s Choice) and Diana Payne-Myers (Strange Fish).

I enjoyed the show last time I saw it, but it was a little too transparent for me. The book is quite subtle and menacing in approach and I didn’t feel that same level of creepiness translating to the stage. However, the stage effects are simply extraordinary and I’d definitely recommend seeing the show at least once in your lifetime!

Catch the show from 29 January – 1 February 2020 at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford.

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