An Inspector Calls, Hardback Book
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The Heinemann Plays series offers contemporary drama and classic plays in durable classroom editions.

In this play an inspector interrupts a party to investigate a girl's suicide, and implicates each of the party-makers in her death.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
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  • Category: English literature
  • ISBN: 9780435232825

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I saw this performed some years ago with Julian Glover playing Arthur Birling. Star Wars fans will know who I mean. For everyone else, he's the man who chooses poorly at the end of Indiana Jones. At the start you watched the family at the table through the windows of their house and when the Inspector arrived the whole set opened out. For everything that you lose through just reading the script, you gain in the time you have to pause and consider the implications of what's going on. This is not a play beloved of the Tories. It's about guilt and responsibility. According to the introduction, critics at the time were confused as to exactly what the Inspector was. They haven't been reading their Aeschylus. He is The Furies, displaced in time. Anachronistic it may be, but you'll notice the play obeys dramatic unity.

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