Stephen Daldry's multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley's An Inspector Calls, which closed in the West End this past May, will embark on a six-month, UK-wide tour in the new year. The newly cast touring production will open at Birmingham Rep on 24 January 2003 before continuing until 19 July to 22 further venues.

Now renowned internationally for his film directorial debut with Billy Elliot, Daldry first mounted his neo-expressionistic reworking of Priestley's classic 1946 thriller at the National Theatre a decade ago. It had subsequent seasons at the West End's Aldwych Theatre and on Broadway.

The hit production is probably most closely associated with the Garrick Theatre, where it ran for nearly six years from - October 1995 to April 2001 - before taking a summer break last year and then re-opening on 20 September 2001 at the West End's Playhouse Theatre, where it closed on 11 May 2002.

In An Inspector Calls, the comfortable and complacent middle class world of the Birlings is thrown into chaos when a mysterious police inspector arrives at the family home one night to enquire about the death of a young local girl. In total, the acclaimed production has won 19 major awards - including three Oliviers and four Tonys - in London and New York.

Final casting for the tour has yet to be confirmed. The production is designed by Ian MacNeil with lighting by Rick Fisher and music by Stephen Warbeck. It's presented on tour by PW Productions.

Following Birmingham, An Inspector Calls will continue to Stoke, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, High Wycombe, Bromley, Richmond, Cardiff, Truro, Ipswich, Aberdeen, Salford, Bradford, Belfast, Malvern, Nottingham, Bath, Plymouth, Woking, Norwich and Llandudno, with further dates expected.

- by Terri Paddock