An Inspector Calls

by J B Priestley

Showing Fri 7 June - Wed 6 November Previews Thu 6 June

The Performers

Peter McGovern

Peter McGovern

(Eric Birling)

Peter trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating in 2008 with first-class honours. Credits include: The Madness Of George III alongside David Haig (West End/ National tour); The History Boys (West Yorkshire Playhouse/National tour); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); Kes (Liverpool Playhouse/National tour); Enjoy alongside Alison Steadman (West End/National tour). Peter is delighted to be working at Theatre by the Lake and looking forward to spending his summer in the Lake District, a place which contains many happy childhood memories.

Richard Galazka

Richard Galazka

(Gerald Croft)

Richard trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He is delighted to be back for his third season at Theatre by the Lake. His previous shows here are: Taking Steps, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Days of Wine and Roses, A Chorus of Disapproval, Summer Lightning and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other theatre credits include: The Grapes of Wrath, Hamlet, A Woman of No Importance (Pitlochry Festival Theatre); A Number, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); The Black Diamond (Punchdrunk); The Emperor Jones (Gate Theatre); The Will (Soho Theatre); Ghosts (New Wimbledon Theatre); The Maid’s Tragedy (The White Bear Theatre). TV credits: Doctors, East Enders, Hotel Babylon and Mutual Fiends. Film: Captain Phillips, Are You Ready For Love?

Peter Macqueen

Peter Macqueen

(Inspector Goole)

Peter Macqueen works as an actor, a fight director, a writer, director and garden designer and has been working with Theatre by the Lake in at least three of those capacities over the last decade – most recently as an associate artist with his touring theatre company PMac Productions.

He was one of the original members of the Society of British Fight Directors (now BADC), is on the Equity register and has directed fights in theatres all over the country, ranging from wildwood stoat mayhem in The Wind in the Willows, through several Macbeth/Macduff encounters, to the murderous onslaught in Deathtrap. He coached a half-blind Bernard Bresslaw to brandish a broadsword in Falstaff (Arts Theatre); a prop-phobic Susannah York to wield a knife in Lyric for a Tango (West End); a meticulous David Threlfall as Hamlet (Oxford Playhouse); and helped an assortment of dwarves, leopards and unicorns to victory in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s first production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Peter is also working on fights in Bold Girls in the Studio, will be directing Soaked, an incoming Laal Marra production, in the Studio for August, and is currently writing The Scrooge Diaries which will hopefully be ruining people’s Christmas in the Studio in December!

Roger Delves-Broughton

Roger Delves-Broughton

(Arthur Birling)

This is Roger’s seventh season in Keswick since 1998. His last appearance was in Dancing at Lughnasa in 2014. Since then he appeared with Swansea’s Lighthouse Theatre in Aberystwyth Mon Amour and Dickens’ The Chimes before playing Polonius in Terry Hands’ last production for Clwyd Theatre Cymru, and at Hay Festival in King of the Sky for Pontardawe Arts Centre. The autumn was spent in Pitlochry in a madcap four person version of Our Man in Havana.

After studying drama at Swansea University he trained as a drama teacher before becoming a founder member of a community and education company, writing, devising and performing before a sailing adventure across the Atlantic and a more harrowing experience racing to Cape Town led him to a career as a rep actor in North Wales where he still lives.

He blames Arthur Ransome for much of his abiding interest in birds and sailing, which may account for his special fondness for Norfolk, Suffolk and of course the Lakes, where he has an old character yacht on Derwentwater. Thrilled to be back!

Laura Darrall

Laura Darrall

(Sheila Birling)

Laura is a veritable veteran of Theatre by the Lake and is delighted to be back.

Previous shows for TBTL include: Dancing at Lughnasa, An Inspector Calls, She Stoops to Conquer and Vincent in Brixton. Other theatre credits include: The Glass Menagerie (English Theatre, Frankfurt); Lardo (The Old Red Lion); Measure for Measure, Written on the Heart and Heresy of Love (Royal Shakespeare Company); All’s Well That Ends Well and Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Deep Blue Sea – Reflections (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Rivals (Theatre Royal, Bath and West End); Romeo and Juliet (Young Shakespeare Company); The Importance of Being Earnest (Greenwich Playhouse); Much Ado About Nothing and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival) and The Trial (The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter).

Television credits include BBC One’s Call The Midwife.

Maggie O'Brien

Maggie O'Brien

(Sybil Birling)

This is Maggie’s first season at Theatre by the Lake. Previous theatre work includes: You Can’t Take It With You (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester/Told By An Idiot); Kalashnikov: In the Woods by the Lake (Pursued by a Bear); He’s Much to Blame (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Faith Healer (Salisbury Playhouse); The Flying Machine (Unicorn Theatre); Be My Baby, Cider With Rosie (New Vic, Stoke); Ship of Fools (Theatre503); Topless Mum in Dead Hero Shocker, School for Wives (Tobacco Factory Theatre); Frozen (London Classic Theatre Company); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (The Octagon, Bolton – MEN nomination for Best Actress); Trashed (Theatre Centre); Smashed Eggs (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); Precious Bane (Pentabus); The Winter’s Tale MEET THE CAST 26 (Shakespeare by the Sea, Sydney); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Theatre de Complicite/National Theatre); Don Juan (BAC); A Busy Day (The King’s Head Theatre); Dancing at Lughnasa, A Bedful of Foreigners (Westcliff Palace); The Kitchen (Royal Court).

Isabella Marshall

Isabella Marshall

(Edna)

Trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Delighted to be back at Theatre by the Lake this Christmas! Previously for TBTL: Dancing at Lughnasa, Vincent in Brixton, An Inspector Calls and She Stoops to Conquer. Other credits include: Flowers of the Field (White Bear Theatre, Kennington); A Merry Little Christmas (The Junction, Cambridge); The Sun Dragon (Lyric Hammersmith/Spring tour 2010); The Real George Orwell – Loving (BBC Radio Wales); Piano From a 4th Storey Window (Idle Films).