J.B. PRIESTLEY’S TIMELESS THRILLER
AN INSPECTOR CALLS
ARRIVES IN BOSTON
THE PRODUCTION BRINGS ITS U.S. TOUR TO ARTSEMERSON BY AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR STEPHEN DALDRY
TWO WEEKS ONLY
MARCH 14 – 24, 2019
EMERSON CUTLER MAJESTIC THEATRE
ArtsEmerson, Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre, is honored to welcome the U.S. tour of J.B. Priestley’s classic theatrical event, An Inspector Calls. Returning to direct his National Theatre masterpiece revival is Stephen Daldry (Oscar-nominated director of The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot) who also brings the iconic grand-scale set from the West End to Boston. This production of An Inspector Calls is the longest running revival of a play in history, seen by over 4 million theatergoers worldwide and winning an unprecedented number of awards including three Olivier Awards, four Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards.
Written at the end of the Second World War and set before the First, the play begins when the mysterious Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family home, shattering their peaceful family dinner party with his investigations into the death of a young woman. The Telegraph calls it “an Edwardian thriller with a socialist purpose, tinged with a supernatural spin” and The Independent hails “its power and pertinence feel all the more striking.”
“Daldry’s triumphant An Inspector Calls is the kind of treat we are always looking to bring to ArtsEmerson’s audiences,” says ArtsEmerson artistic director David Dower. “Like earlier productions of revivals like A Trip to Bountiful and Beauty Queen of Leenane, this one delivers a time-tested play in a definitive, visionary staging that exhilarates as much for being familiar as for being entirely unexpected. Each captures the full power of theater’s ability to lift us out of the toil and turmoil of our day yet still leave us deeply attuned to our connection to each other. It’s been two decades since it first conquered the world, but my first encounter lingers as an unforgettable experience at the theater and I can’t wait for Inspector Goole’s return visit.”
Hailed as the theatrical event of its generation, winning more awards than any other production in history, An Inspector Calls has thrilled more than 4 million people worldwide.
When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young working-class woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge audiences to question their own consciences.
The production runs two weeks at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, located at 219 Tremont Street in downtown Boston. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ArtsEmerson.org, by phone at 617.824.8400, or in person at the box office.