Octagon stages Priestley classic

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The Octagon Theatre in Bolton will open its new season with An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley, directed by David Thacker, next week.

It remains Priestley’s most famous work and has been produced on stage, radio, television and in film numerous times since it was first performed in the Soviet Union in 1945 and in the UK in 1946.

The Birling family are toasting the engagement of their daughter, when the happy occasion is suddenly and unexpectedly interrupted by the arrival of a stranger at the door.

Thacker, has deliberately paired the play with the second production of the season, Long Day’s Journey Into Night by one of America’s most famous playwright’s, Eugene O’Neill.

The actors who play the Birling family members have been through-cast to play the Tyrone family in a play that follows similar themes, despite obvious differences in terms of geography and setting.

The cast of An Inspector Calls includes David Prosho, who will be making his Octagon Theatre debut, in the role of the enigmatic Inspector Goole.

David should feel at home in this role having recently starred in ITV’s Scott & Bailey as Detective Constable Ian Mitchell, alongside Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp.

An Inspector Calls runs will run from Thursday to October 5.

Box office: 01204 520661 or www.octagonbolton.co.uk.