CRITIC’S CHOICE 2016: Sophie Adnitt

As You Like It at the National Theatre

We asked our reviewers to take a look at 2016 and to nominate some stand out productions for 2016. Sophie Adnitt replied with the following:-   An Inspector Calls (Playhouse Theatre) This much-hyped revival of the National Theatre’s production lived up to, and exceeded, expectations, with the combination of a stunning set and strong cast, Liam Brennan a stand out as an absorbingly human Inspector Goole. From the opening pouring rain to the climactic destruction of the family dining room, the piece was crammed with intelligent and alarmingly timely metaphor. Click here for more information on An Inspector Calls. As You like It with Paul Chahidi as Jacques. Photo: Johan Persson As You Like It (National Theatre)   Finding new ways to do Shakespeare is never easy, but the National excelled with this beautiful production. The transformation of the soulless, high-tech office of ‘the court’ into the dark and fantastic … Read more

An Inspector Calls Comes To The Playhouse Theatre

An Inspector Calls at The Playhouse Theatre

Twenty Five years after it’s first appearance at the National Theatre, Stephen Daldry’s award-winning production of J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls will return to the West End this winter at the Playhouse Theatre. Since 1992, This production of An Inspector Calls has won a total of 19 major awards, including four Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards, playing to more than 4 milion theatregoers worldwide, making it the most internationally-lauded production in the National Theatre’s history. J B Priestley’s brilliantly constructed masterpiece powerfully dramatises the dangers of casual capitalism’s cruelty, complacency and hypocrisy. Stephen Daldry’s epic production highlights the play’s enduring relevance. 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. Their peaceful family dinner party is shattered by … Read more