The Crucible is a thrilling drama set in old Salem, detailing the remarkable events of the Salem witch trials. After a few small lies are told, the entire town erupts into hysteria. Neighbours begin to turn on one another, fearing that their dearest friends have suddenly become possessed with witchcraft. First written in the 1950s, Arthur Miller’s classic play serves as an allegory for McCarthyism, when hysteria over a Communist threat took America by storm. Serving as a cautionary tale, The Crucible warns us against letting fear overtake our society.
This production previously ran at the National Theatre, where it was critically acclaimed. It received numerous 5-star reviews from the likes of the Telegraph and the Sunday Times, with the former labelling it “a gripping revival of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece.” Furthermore, it was also well received at the Olivier Awards, where it was nominated for both Best Revival and Best Lighting Design. As a result of its popularity, it has now transferred to the Gielgud Theatre, where it will play throughout the Summer.
This transfer is accompanied by an exciting cast update, with Milly Alcock announced to be starring in the lead role of Abigail Williams. Alcock became an international star after her debut as young Rhaenyra Targaryen in the hit fantasy series House of Dragon. She will be making her theatre debut in this role, in what is hopefully the first stage appearance of many.
A standout element of this production is said to be the incredible lighting design, conceived by Olivier Award winner Tim Lutkin. Lutkin previously worked on both Life of Pi and Back to the Future, where the technical elements were similarly lauded.