Runtime: 2h 50m
In 1692, the Massachusetts’ village of Salem, a small, tight-knit, and devout community, was gripped by a hysteria that the devil was living in their midst. Neighbour turned on neighbour, and friends and family members testified against each other as rumours of bewitchment spread through the community. By the time the witch hunt subsided two years later, 14 women, five men, and two dogs had been executed for witchcraft. 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 it is a play that is never just about Salem in 1692 or 1953 America but is always about the here and now. Lyndsey Turner’s ravishing, knotty revival—transferring from the NT—proves that is the case.
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.