I was left unimpressed by this performance of An Inspector Calls – a play I was excited to see live. Directed by Stephen Daldry, I had really high hopes that the play I had studied for months during my GCSE’s was going to be magically brought to life in front of my eyes(!), however, I was left disappointed and even a little deflated by the performance.
The cast included Liam Brennan as Inspector Goole, Caroline Wildi as Sybil Birling, and Geoff Leesley as Arthur Birling; thinking about it, I don’t think there was a massive cast issue at all (with the exception of Katherine Jack as Sheila Birling – who was not my cup of tea). The cast worked well together and they were very convincing in their characters. The real issue I had with the performance was the direction. For those who know the play, it is rather melodramatic; but I really thought that this staging took the biscuit. It was way too gimmicky and frankly, seemed rather amateur – just with a bigger budget. And what a waste of a china set! The play had a limited run at The Marlowe Theatre (the venue in which I saw the play) with it then continuing on its tour of the UK. A friend and I jumped at the opportunity at getting seats; we sat in the Upper Circle slips – the cheap seats basically. It was uncomfortable to say the least, but we both agreed we would have been annoyed if we had paid more to see the play.
Overall I was deeply unimpressed with this performance and would not recommend paying full price for a seat (just in case you are left feeling the same!)