A production of An Inspector Calls starts this month in Beijing at the Old Drum Theatre near the old Drum Tower just north of the Forbidden City. Tickets are available from Damai, the largest Chinese ticketing agency.
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October 2019 sees an anniversary production of An Inspector Calls at the Pushkin in Moscow. This is the very same theatre where it was first performed in 1945. The new production is directed by Oleg Pyshnenko . For details visit : Pushkin Theatre
JBP’s children’s book Snoggle has been re released in Catalan with illustrations by Julia Moscardo. Visit: Snoggle
A 70th anniversary edition of one of Priestley’s most acclaimed and best loved collections of short essays is released for Christmas, illustrated throughout by Priestley’s great granddaughter Tabitha Wykeham.
This book comprises a series of short essays, which all depict a simple pleasure – the small things in life that Priestley delighted in at a relatively difficult time – a notion that chimes perfectly with the current national mood. – Fountains; a walk in a pine wood; a new box of matches; Sunday papers in the country; reading in bed about foul weather; suddenly doing nothing .
Available at good bookshops or visit :Great Northern Books: Delight
“What we need is a shot of joy. And I have found just the thing. JB Priestley published his wonderful collection of essays, Delight, in 1949, another period of austerity.”
Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, the first ever revival of Time and The Conways on Broadway since the original run in 1938 , will open at the American Airlines Theatre with previews from the 14th September 2017 and run until 26 November. It stars Elizabeth McGovern , best known recently for her role in Downton Abbey. ‘ Freshly Gripping‘- The New York Times. Visit Roundabout Theatre
The Northern Broadside production of When We Are Married that toured England in 2016 proved to be a great success playing to full theatres and attracting much praise. See some of the reviews here Northern Broadsides reviews
“Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal have done an incredible job of producing JB Priestley’s classic comedy When We Are Married…the production team and Director Barrie Rutter manage to make the play’s messages relevant to today’s society. ..The cast are superb” – State of the Arts
Originally a novel published in 1927 , then produced as the 1932 classic film ‘The Old Dark House’ , Benighted has been adapted for the stage by Duncan Gates for a limited run at the Red Lion Theatre.
For details and tickets visit The Old Red Lion Theatre
London Time Out: ‘Four Stars’ – “A chilling new stage adaptation of JB Priestley’s horror novel”
The famous National Theatre Production of An Inspector Calls was due to tour the UK at venues from Glasgow to Brighton in 2020 but most dates have understandably been cancelled during the ongoing pandemic .
Previously it transferred across the Atlantic for a run of performances in Washington, Los Angeles , Chicago and finally Boston : “…the evening still, it must be said, is magnificent.” DC Theatre Scene. “The import from London’s National Theatre might be the most entertaining play of the season”. Washington City Paper. “It’s a brilliant theatrical thrill ride”: Chicago Stage and Cinema.
For more details of the future UK tour dates visit An Inspector Calls
“Winner of more awards than any other production in history-theatrical perfection-I never tire of watching it, partly because it looks astounding-breathtaking visual invention and passionate moral urgency” The Telegraph
“As thrillingly fresh and disconcerting as when it was first minted.”- The Independent
“Thrilling and pertinent theatre – a marvellous emotional and intelligent evening” –The Guardian
“Thrilling.Don’t dare miss it!”- The Daily Mail
” An epic for our epoch, a thrillingly physical piece of theatre – with the power to stir the heart as much as the mind” – Evening Standard