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Casting announced for An Inspector Calls at New Wimbledon Theatre and on tour

An Inspector Calls. Photo by Mark Douet.

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the UK and Ireland Tour of Stephen Daldry’s seminal production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller An Inspector Calls, which visits New Wimbledon Theatre from November 26 to November 30, 2019.

The line up includes Liam Brennan (as Inspector Goole), Christine Kavanagh (Mrs Birling), Jeff Harmer (Mr Birling), Alisdair Buchan (Gerald Croft), Chloe Orrock (Sheila Birling), Ryan Saunders (Eric Birling) and Diana Payne-Myers (Edna).

The cast is completed by Michael Ross, Portia Booroff, Elissa Churchill and Jonathan Davenport.

Liam Brennan’s theatre credits include Richard III and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe), and Diary of a Madman (The Gate), for which he was awarded Best Actor at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016.

Christine Kavanagh’s National Theatre credits include Man and Superman and Albert Speer and the National Theatre UK Tour of Hedda Gabler. Her West End credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Harold Pinter Theatre. With the Royal Shakespeare Company, she has performed in Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing. Her other credits include A Doll’s House, Travesties, She Stoops to Conquer and The Rivals.

Jeff Harmer’s credits include playing ‘Berrard’ in the national tour of Bird Song. His other theatre credits include Fox on The Fairway, Out Of Order, Donkey’s Years, Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It.

Alisdair Buchan’s West End credits include Urinetown: The Musical (Apollo Theatre and St. James’ Theatre) and Richard III and The Pride (Trafalgar Studios). His further credits include Seanse (The Other Palace), playing ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in the UK Tour of Sherlock Holmes at the Crimson Cobbles and the UK Tours of Night Must Fall, A Little History of the World, The Importance of Being Earnest, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and The Lost World.

Chloe Orrock’s credits include playing ‘Sybil Vane’ in The Picture of Dorian Gray and ‘PC Abrahams’/’Nurse Davis’ in Too Much Punch for Judy both Upstairs at the Gatehouse. She has performed her new spoken word short play Of Sirens and Other Monsters at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington and the Brockley Jack Theatre.

Ryan Saunders’ West End credits include playing ‘Freddie Beanstock’ in Hobson’s Choice at the Vaudeville Theatre and Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic. His further theatre credits include the UK Tours of The Mousetrap, The History Boys, The Madness of George III, Mrs Warren’s Profession and Shards and playing ‘Clifford Bradshaw’ in the English Theatre of Frankfurt production of Cabaret.

Diana Payne-Myers’ credits include Strange Fish, Boxes and Le dernier chaperon rouge.

Since 1992, Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls has won a total of 19 major awards including four Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards. It has played to more than four million theatregoers worldwide and is the most internationally-lauded production in the National Theatre’s history.

Written at the end of the Second World War and set before the First, An Inspector Calls is a compelling and haunting thriller. The story 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.

JB Priestley’s brilliantly constructed masterpiece powerfully dramatises the dangers of casual capitalism’s cruelty, complacency and hypocrisy.

An Inspector Calls is directed by the world-renowned theatre and film director Stephen Daldry, whose many theatre credits include The Audience, Skylight and Billy Elliot The Musical. His film credits include The Hours, The Reader and Billy Elliot, all of which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director. Most recently he has directed several episodes of the Netflix series The Crown, for which he is also Producer.

An Inspector Calls is designed by Ian MacNeil, with music by Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck and lighting by Rick Fisher.

The tour opens at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on Friday, September 6, 2019 before visiting Southampton, Hull, Shrewsbury, Edinburgh, Oxford, Newcastle, Malvern, Birmingham, Buxton, Wimbledon, Salford, Milton Keynes, Bradford, Liverpool, Nottingham, Brighton, Plymouth, Cardiff, Cambridge, Glasgow, Guildford, Sheffield, Sunderland, Coventry, Dartford and Leicester.