An Inspector Calls

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An Inspector Calls

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  3f, 4m

Priestley's classic play of the believable middle-class Yorkshire family called to account for its moral crimes by the enigmatic Inspector Goole stands as a metaphor for our own failure to accept our responsibility to others.

Photography by Tristram Kenton

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    3f, 4m
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Summary
Priestley's classic play of the believable middle-class Yorkshire family called to account for its moral crimes by the enigmatic Inspector Goole stands as a metaphor for our own failure to accept our responsibility to others. Stunningly revived by the Royal National Theatre in 1992, the production transferred to the West End the following year.
History

An Inspector Calls was first performed in 1945 in the USSR in two theatres (Kamerny Theatre in Moscow and Comedy Theatre in Leningrad).

The play had its first British production in 1946 at the New Theatre, London

Cast Attributes

M4 (25, 30, 50s) F3 (20s, 50)

Inspector Goole -  A mysterious interrogator

Sheila Birling - eldest child of the Birling's

Eric Birling - younger son of the Birling's

Arthur Birling - husband of Sybil, father of Sheila and Eric

Sybil Birling - wife of Arthur, mother of Sheila and Eric

Gerald Croft - The son of Sir George Croft of Crofts Limited, a competitor of Birling and Company, engaged to Sheila

Edna - Maid at the Birling household

  • Time Period 1910s / WWI
  • Setting A dining-room.

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  • An Inspector Calls

    Credit: Tristram Kenton

  • An Inspector Calls

    Credit: Tristram Kenton

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J.B. Priestley

John Boynton Priestley (1894 - 1984) was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, son of a schoolmaster. He left Belle Vue School at 16 and worked in a wool office, beginning to write in his spare time. He volunteered for the army in 1914 and served throughout the First World War, surviv ...
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