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JB Priestley’s Classic Thriller An Inspector Calls has traveled the world in several iterations, from its premiere in Russia in 1945 to upcoming performances at the Cutler Majestic later this month. New directors, cast changes and even a film adaptation produced by the BBC have brought An Inspector Calls to a global scale, each with their own take on this classic story, illuminating a new theme in the ever-relevant work. As we look forward to…

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J.B. Priestley began his impressive writing career like so many other famed authors: writing after hours. A junior clerk for a wool firm by day and a writer by night, Priestley’s writing appeared in newspapers throughout London, but it wasn’t until after World War I Priestley’s works became an international influence, with his novels and plays touching on topics of politics, economics, and the human condition. While his burgeoning writing career began in the early…

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There is no doubt that An Inspector Calls is an important and prolific play, made only more prominent by Stephen Daldry’s revival in the 1990s. In this version, Daldry masterfully blended the two eras of the play: the 1945 post-war era, when the play was written, and the early 1900s in which the play is set. Daldry manifests this in the way the characters–especially Inspector Goole–interact with each other and observe their surroundings, the wardrobes and,…

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Although you may not know his name, you certainly know his work. English film and stage director and producer Stephen Daldry has worked on a number of critically-acclaimed and award-winning pieces, including Billy Elliot, The Hours–starring Meryl Streep–and Netflix’s The Crown. He has directed plays that have opened in London’s West End, the Royal National Theatre, and on Broadway. Daldry even created elements of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for 2012 London Olympics and is even…

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ArtsEmerson is delighted to welcome the National Landmark Production of An Inspector Calls (MAR 14 – 24). First produced with the National Theatre of Great Britain, this production has been seen on Broadway, had six seasons in London’s West End, ten UK tours, two Australian tours and a season in Tokyo, but this is the first time it’s been seen on tour in the United States. Of course, this 1945 thriller wouldn’t be complete without…

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