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|An Inspector Calls Again
- Priestly's classic does the rounds
AN INSPECTOR CALLS returns to the Richmond theatre March 2003 as part of a mammoth tour. Steven Daldry's production tours the UK ten years after the show opened at the National Theatre.
The play arrived in theatreland with as much impact as its calling protagonist upon the well-to-do family who refuse to acknowledge the consequences of their petty prejudices. The who-dunnit made JB Priestly's name as a social critic as well as a playwright and has since become a set text for English students.
Daldry likewise went on to direct Billy Eliot as An Inspector Calls took on a life of its own. Following a speedy transfer from the Lyttelton Theatre to the Olivier, Priestly's classic took up residence in the Aldwych, the Garrick and the Playhouse and won a total of 19 awards. The message of shared responsibility seems suitably universal in its appeal.