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An Inspector Calls, Shakespeare Theatre

In many ways, Stephan Daldry's production of J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls is a story for us to see through multiple frames.  Daldry first staged this production in 1992 at the National Theatre and then subsequently restaged it for the West End, Broadway, and multiple tours in the intervening years.  Priestley wrote the play in 1945 and chose for its setting 1912; thus, we already have frames around the production at Sidney Harman Hall at the Shakespeare theatre of 2018, 1992, 1945, and 1912.

Of course, the most apparent frames to the audience are the ones Daldry depicts through staging choices and stunning design work by Ian MacNeil (Scenic and Costume Designer), Rich Fisher (Lighting Designer), and Stephen Warbeck and Sebastian Frost (Music and Sound Designer, respectively).  Instead of a simple drawing-room design, we are thrust into a heightened theatrical world of London Blitz orphans cowering in a theatre and a marvelously picturesque Edwardian dollhouse just large…

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