New Theatre, Cardiff
Tue 10-Sat 14 Mar
The return of the mysterious Inspector Goole to the stage follows a sell-out London season and American tour. Set shortly before World War I, the play follows Arthur Birling, his wife Sybil, their daughter Sheila and son Eric. The inspector of the title calls at the Birling household during a family dinner celebrating Sheila’s engagement, his enquiry concerning the death of a young woman. As the investigation unfolds, it becomes clear that each member has one or two skeletons in the closet – which, alongside the inspector’s revelations, promises to leave the audience challenging their own consciences.
First opening at the National Theatre in 1992, Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of the classic thriller is the longest-running revival of a play in history – a radical version of J.B. Priestley’s 1945 novel, seen by more than four million people worldwide. Previously, the production received Olivier Awards for Best Director, Best Revival and Best Designer (the latter for Ian MacNeil’s innovative set), as well as two Evening Standard Awards. An Inspector Calls is on a UK tour until May 2020, so with eight performances over five days at the New Theatre, theatregoers have plenty of opportunity to see how this revival holds up.
Tickets: £13-£33.50. Info: 029 2087 8889 / www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk (EH)