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The Crucible

Author: Arthur Miller
Director: Joshua Hopton-Stewart
Production Manager: Joy Hellyer

Season: 28 October to 7 November 2015


The Play

"The Crucible" by Arthur Miller was first performed at the Martin Beck Theater on Broadway on January 22, 1953 and won the Tony Award that year for "Best Play". A dramatized and partially fictionalised tale, Miller wrote the play as an allegory of his own experiences with McCarthyism, when the U.S. government blacklisted accused communists. A 2002 Broadway revival cast included such stars as Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Kristen Bell, and Jennifer Carpenter.


The Plot

Set in old Salem, Massachusetts in the late 1600s, "The Crucible" is a savage attack on the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations. Rigid religious and moral views contribute to a small community's downfall when a young girl and her friends accuse innocent people who have slighted them of performing witchcraft. The selfish cruelty of the girls' behaviour, and the eagerness of the community's leaders to rule with fear and violence, sparks widespread hysteria and a rampage of personal vendettas. A haunting tale of superstition, paranoia, malice, and lust, "The Crucible" is a partially fictionalised documentation of one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history.

 Last updated 30 November 2015