Opening 07 Jun
Lyndsey Turner’s revival is one of the most eagerly awaited productions of the year and that’s no surprise. The Crucible was based on the real-life events that took place in Salem Massachusetts in 1692 when accusations of witchcraft spread around the community. The authorities stepped in, leading to an investigation that resulted in the hangings of 19 people. Arthur Miller’s 1953 drama The Crucible was inspired by the Salem witch-hunts but was intended as an allegory that pointed the finger at the reds under the bed witch-hunts that gripped mid 20th century America. But as Turner’s revival is likely to demonstrate there is no time when The Crucible isn’t relevant. As Miller himself said of the play, it serves “as either a warning of tyranny on the way or a reminder of tyranny just past.”
The National Theatre’s acclaimed new production transfers to the West End this June for a strictly limited season. Olivier Award-winner Lyndsey Turner directs this electrifying new production in a ‘magnificent restaging’ (The Telegraph) of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece, a gripping parable of power and its abuse. Olivier Awards 2023 Nominations for: - Best Revival - Best Lighting Design A witch hunt is beginning in Salem. Raised to be seen and not heard, a group of young women suddenly find their words have a terrible power. As a climate of fear spreads through the community, private vendettas fuel public accusations and soon the truth itself is on trial. Please note: This production contains strong language and themes which some may find distressing. Bright lights are used during transitions. Haze is used throughout.