LOOKING AHEAD WITH THE INSPECTOR…
2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the first performance, in Soviet Russia, of An Inspector Calls, a play that has become something of a world-wide theatrical phenomenon, principally through the ground-breaking production by the Royal National Theatre in 1992. It was a production whose principal parts were originally played by three distinguished actors who subsequently became Vice-Presidents of The J B Priestley Society: Kenneth Cranham (Inspector Goole), Richard Pasco (Mr
Birling) and Barbara Leigh-Hunt (Mrs Birling). Very sadly, Richard Pasco has recently died, as a result of which The Society has lost an esteemed supporter. We have elsewhere extended The Society’s sincere condolences to Barbara Leigh-Hunt on her loss.
Next year should see not one but two film versions of the play. The first, commissioned by BBC 1 and to be produced by Drama Republic, was announced last April and is expected to go into production in February 2015. No cast has yet been announced. The second is a Chinese-language version by Pegasus Motion Pictures of Hong Kong and will star the local film actor Louis Koo as the Inspector. It is scheduled for release in February to coincide with the Chinese New Year. According to the advanced publicity the production will be have an injection of ‘black humour’.
….AND YET ANOTHER SCREENING OF THE FILM VERSION
Although the 1954 film version of An Inspector Calls was screened as recently as
16 May last here it is popping up again at 11.50 am on Friday 5 December on