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Review of the Royal National Theatre Production of “an Inspector Calls”

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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GCSE J.B. Priestley

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Review of the Royal National Theatre Production of "An Inspector Calls"

The year is 1912. The Birlings are celebrating the engagement of their daughter, Sheila, when an Inspector Goole rudely interrupts them. The inspector goes through the characters one by one and interrogates them about the suicide of a young woman, named Eva Smith.

When the realisation of how each of them supposedly has had a part to play in the death of the woman hits the Birlings, some of the characters immediately reform, some are disturbed and some are not affected at all. But a few minutes after the inspector has left, they discover that he was not in fact a real police inspector.

Before I saw the play, I was expecting the whole stage to be taken up by a brightly lit dining room. I thought there would be one or two doors leading into the room. I was expecting the inspector to be a very tall man, with a long black coat and a black hat so that you could not see his face.

When the lights began to dim in the theatre, three children, dressed from the period

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