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Casting announced for An Inspector Calls

Stephen Daldry’s award-winning production of JB Priestley’s play returns to the West End in November

Liam Brennan and Clive Francis
Liam Brennan and Clive Francis
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Clive Francis is to play Mr Birling in the revival production of An Inspector Calls in the West End.

Joining Francis will be Liam Brennan (Diary of a Madman) and Barbara Marten (People, Places and Things) who play Inspector Goole and Mrs Birling respectively.

The rest of the cast include Matthew Douglas (Gerald Croft), Carmela Corbett (Sheila Birling), Hamish Riddle (Eric Birling) and Diana Payne-Myers (Edna).

Francis said: "An Inspector Calls is considered one of Priestley’s greatest works, and has been subject to a variety of interesting interpretations, none more so than this historic National Theatre revival which I’m delighted to be part of."

Opening at the Playhouse Theatre on 10 November, the production is Stephen Daldry's classic version which originally opened at the National Theatre in 1992 and then transferred to the West End and went on a UK tour.

This revival production marks the 70th anniversary of the first UK staging of the play and the 25th anniversary since it appeared at the National Theatre. The show will be directed by Daldry, with designs from Ian MacNeil.

An Inspector Calls runs at the Playhouse Theatre from 10 November to 4 February with previews from 4 November.