J.B. Priestly’s mysterious play is one that often crops up on school syllabuses, with teachers secretly singling out the most snot-nosed students to read out the parts of the obnoxious Birling family as they spend an evening bickering in the wake of a supposed suicide. Having been adapted and reworked numerous times on stage, film, television and radio since its first performance in 1946, An Inspector Calls is one of the best examples of a whodunit classic, captivating and confusing its audiences right up until the very end. Bolton’s Octagon Theatre is now taking on the gripping tale of suspense and snobbery with a performance directed by award-winning theatre director David Thacker, marking the theatre’s return after its recent summer closure. With return day tickets to Bolton from just £3.80, the 20 minute train ride shouldn’t be anything to put you off.

Thu 5 Sep – Sat 5 Oct, Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton, BL1 1SB, Matinees 2pm, Evenings 7.30pm, £9 – £24, www.octagonbolton.co.uk

Thu 5 Sep - Sat 5 Oct
Jess Hardiman
Published on:
Sun 1 Sep 2013