The Crucible

The Crucible

The Yard · 27 MAR - 11 MAY

Arthur Miller’s urgent account of a community torn apart by the power of fear, directed by The Yard’s Artistic Director Jay Miller.

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20 March 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Much of the team behind ‘This Beautiful Future’ are reunited for Jay Miller’s gender-swapped take on Arthur Miller’s play about the 17th century Salem witch trials. Miller’s production, which casts a woman in the role of Proctor, updates the play to examine ideas of distrust and hysteria in the contemporary world and how we conduct civil discourse. Miller has had one hit after another at this brilliant Hackney Wick theatre so it should be a belter.”
“The Yard is one of the coolest theatres in London so if you haven't been before, this is a great time to check it out. Their take on this classic Arthur Miller play has had some fantastic reviews, with the Evening Standard’s critic calling it “without doubt, the finest production of The Crucible I have ever seen.” Not every reviewer has been quite so effusive, but I expect the theatre makers at The Yard would be disappointed if their work didn’t ruffle at least a few feathers. The play itself, written in the McCarthy-era of American politics, is set during the 17th century Salem Witch Trials. Highly relevant for our era of polarisation, #MeToo feminism and post-truth politics.”


You’re a witch.
No I’m not.
You’re a witch.
No I’m not.
You’re a witch.
Stop saying that.
You’re a witch.
You’re scaring me.
You’re a witch.
You’re a witch.
You’re a witch.
Am I?
Am I a witch?
You’re a witch.

So are you.

A story from the past brought crashing into the present. A world in which lies and truth are indistinguishable. Where hatreds and desires are born, confessed, revenged.

Critic reviews

An exuberant and hallucinatory gender-swapped revival of Arthur Miller’s classic allegory-play

The Stage

Brilliantly intense vision of Miller’s witchcraft classic

Evening Standard

Trippily haunting: a relentless, imaginative production of this thunderous Miller play

Time Out

It’s a cacophony of stylisation that risks turning the actors into cipher players caught up in a show that looks exaggerated even for a work about possession

The Arts Desk

It won't be a staging of The Crucible for everyone, but it sure won't be one that's easily forgotten

Broadway World

It breathes some new life into an old and well-loved text


Gender twist gets you thinking but not feeling

The Guardian

Poignant, relevant and thoroughly enjoyable

A Younger Theatre

Although the themes it brought out weren’t the ones that spoke to me, it made the play feel real and exciting and alive


Date & time

Show ended
Wed 27 Mar - Sat 11 May, 1pm, 7pm & 7.30pm


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Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick E9 5EN London, UK · Get Directions
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