An Inspector Calls

Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London

On its premiere in 1993 at the National Theatre, Stephen Daldry's production of An Inspector Calls was hailed as a masterpiece, bringing JB Priestley's work to the fore once more. After a transfer to the West End, where it stayed for eight years, a Broadway production and national and international tour, this Laurence Olivier and Tony Award-winning staging returns to London with Daldry directing once more.

A compelling thriller, An Inspector Calls was written at the end of the Second World War but takes audiences back to the era before the first, to the home of the prosperous Birling family home. When the mysterious Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the family, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman.

Daldry - now known for his hugely successful film directing career as well as stage work including Billy Elliot The Musical - directs this restaging of his 1993 production of An Inspector Calls, which once again features Ian MacNeil's impressive set.

For more about An Inspector Calls at the Novello theatre, read the First Night Feature.


Cast & CreativesEXPAND

cast: Nicholas Woodeson, David Roper, Sandra Duncan, Marianne Oldham, Robin Whiting, Timothy Watson, Diana Payne Myers

author: JB Priestley

director: Stephen Daldry

music by: Stephen Warbeck

lighting designer: Rick Fisher

designer: Ian MacNeil

producer: PW Productions, Kenneth H Wax Ltd and Oliver Royds

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Play
  • Duration: 1h45
  • Opening Night:
  • Closing night:

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Venue InformationHIDE

Novello Theatre
Aldwych, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 4LD

  • Nearest tube: Covent Garden (approx. 300m) Charing Cross (approx. 600m) Holborn (approx. 600m)
  • Nearest bus: 6, 13, 19, 77a
  • Nearest train: Charing Cross
  • Parking:

    50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Chinatown.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel: 0844 482 5137
  • Telephones: BT card phone in the Doubles Bar up 2 steps.
  • Discounts: Discounts available for disabled customers and their companions
  • Limited mobility: Only 10 steps to rear of Dress Circle.
  • Access description: 5 steps into the foyer through swing double doors. Box office on the left. To get to Stalls there are 20 steps. 10 steps up to Dress Circle seating. Staircases are highlighted and have handrails.
  • Hearing impaired: Infrared system in the auditorium
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium, but cloakroom staff can look after them.
  • Wheelchairs: Separate access for wheelchair users off Catherine Street. 4 steps down inside the door. 2 spaces for wheelchair users in Box A. Venue not suitable for scooters. However, theatre provides transfer seats for 2 wheelchair/lightweight scooters in total per performance. Transfer seats are available at A32, A33, A10 and A11 in the Dress Circle (view better on right hand side). Each wheelchair user must bring a non-disabled companion.
  • Toilets: Men's and Women's toilets at Stalls, Dress and Upper Circle levels.
  • Disabled toilets: Adapted toilet to the right of the Dress Circle
  • Bars: There are four licensed bars. Sam's Bar is situated behind the foyer down 7 steps although there is street access from Catherine Street via a ramp. The Shubert Bar is up 29 steps from the foyer. Ivor's Bar at the back of the stalls is down 2 steps and through the auditorium then a further 3 steps. The Waldorf Bar services the Grand Circle (up 17 steps) and Balcony (8 steps down).