An Inspector Calls at the Orchard Theatre

PUBLISHED: 13:58 28 August 2015 | UPDATED: 13:58 28 August 2015

An Inspector Calls will be at the Orchard Theatre.

An Inspector Calls will be at the Orchard Theatre.


The thriller will be on stage.

Stephen Daldry’s production of J.B Priestley’s thriller An Inspector Calls will be opening at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, before going on a national tour.

Written at the end of the end of the Second World War and set before the First World War, the play begins when the mysterious Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family home. Their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman whom each of them in turn has exploited in some way.

His startling revelations not only shatter the foundations of their lives but challenge the audience to examine their own consciences too.

Mr Daldry’s production unites the 1912 setting with the time it was written in 1945, transferring the play to a cobblestone war-torn wasteland, where the Edwardian Birling family home looms precariously, suspended on stilts.

The cast includes Liam Brennan, who will take on the role of Inspector Goole, Caroline Wildi, who will play Mrs Birling and Matthew Douglas as Gerald Croft.

The tour marks 70 years since An Inspector Calls first premiered in 1945.

Mr Brennan explained: “There are surprises. Although it keeps to the original story this version is fresh and I think it can get under your skin in a strange way and is very exciting.

“I’m visiting the house as a policeman and I turn everyone’s life upside down on the questioning about the girl and what impact they had on her life,” he added.

“The play tells you if you treat people badly it will be presumptuous to think there will be no repercussions.”

The show will be running from September 10 to 19. To book call the ticket office on 01322 220000.

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