Full cast confirmed for The Crucible
Bristol Old Vic today announced the cast for its major new revival of The Crucible, which will launch Bristol Old Vic’s autumn season. To mark the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth, Tom Morris will direct arguably his most famous work, which had its UK premiere at Bristol Old Vic in 1954.
Dean Lennox Kelly will lead the cast in the role of John Proctor. He is well-known for his role as Kev Ball in three series of Channel 4’s Shameless (alongside Maxine Peake) going on to star in major TV dramas including Cranford with Judi Dench, Fleming with Dominic Cooper and ITVs Married, Single, Other as Dickie. His theatre credits include the National Theatre’s production A Taste of Honey and This Happy Breed (Theatre Royal Bath) while his films include Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel and The Secret Life of Words.
Neve McIntosh will play Elizabeth Proctor. An accomplished stage and screen actor, her credits include the RSC’s Great Expectations, ATC’s The Events and the role of Goneril in West Yorkshire Playhouse’s King Lear. She found household recognition for her role as the Silurian detective, Madam Vastra in BBC’s Dr Who.
Rona Morison will play the manipulative accuser Abigail Williams. This young actor is already receiving acclaim for her theatre work which includes the Bush Theatre’s UK tour of Crave/Illusion, Royal Court Theatre’s Anhedonia and most recently Scuttlers (Manchester Royal Exchange), Buckets (Orange Tree Theatre) and The James Plays (National Theatre).
Jeffery Kissoon is to take the role of Deputy-Governor Danforth. He is a hugely accomplished actor who has worked extensively at the RSC and National Theatre under directors including Peter Brook, Peter Hall, Robert Lepage, Janet Suzman and Nicholas Hytner. He has played roles as varied as Mark Antony (alongside Kim Cattrall in Antony and Cleopatra), the title role in Julius Caesar, Prospero in The Tempest, and Malcolm X in The Meeting. He is also a theatre director and member of the Board of Directors for Shared Experience.
Daniel Weyman plays Rev. Hale. His previous stage credits include the role of Jaques in Samuel West’s As You Like It (Sheffield Crucible) and the title role in David Edgar’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
Mark Letheren is cast as Thomas Putnam. Mark is well-known for his roles as Ben Harding in BBC’s Casualty and the recurring role as DS Kevin Geoffries in Wire in the Blood for ITV. His stage work includes the role of Jamie in the world premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing, Francis Flute in the RSC’s US tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as a long-running role in The Bodyguard in the West End.
Jude Akuwudike plays Rev. Parris. His extensive stage roles include playing Othello (USA Tour/Actors From The London Stage/Cockpit Theatre), Claudius in Hamlet, Asylum Seeker for Talawa Theatre and Charlie Adams in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl for the National Theatre.
David Hargreaves long and distinguished career spans over five decades. David joined the RSC to play in the first “The War of the Roses” cycle of plays in 1963/65 before joining Olivier’s National Theatre, appearing in productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, The Crucible, and Mother Courage. After an extensive career in repertory theatre, television and radio, he returned to the RSC in 2004 to play Gloucester to Corin Redgrave's King Lear and in 2012 performed in Dominic Dromgoole's Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe. He takes the role of Giles Corey.
Rebecca Nurse will be played by Kika Markham. Her long career in theatre, film and television includes Edward & Mrs Simpson, Van der Valk, The Line of Beauty, Minder, Cracker, and Mr Selfridge. She appeared alongside her late husband Corin Redgrave twice on screen: first in Lynda La Plante's Trial and Retribution (2000) and later in the BBC's Waking the Dead. They also appeared on stage together in an acclaimed revival of Noel Coward's A Song at Twilight.
The cast also includes recent graduates Dominic Allen as Ezekiel Cheever, who is also winner of this year’s Peter O’Toole Prize, and a highly commended O’Toole Prize nominee Peter Edwards (who recently appeared in Pink Mist - Bristol Old Vic) as Herrick. This is an award created in partnership between Bristol Old Vic and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to support the ongoing career development of the most promising graduates from the academic year.
The cast also includes Ewart James Walters as Francis Nurse (Julius Caesar - RSC, Nation - National Theatre); John Stahl as Judge Hathorne (NT Live: Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller); Sara Powell as Tituba (Disgraced – Bush Theatre); Saskia Portway as Ann Putnam/Sarah Good (Swallows and Amazons, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – both Bristol Old Vic) and recent Royal Welsh College graduate Annes Elwy as Mary Warren. Emma Naomi plays Mercy Lewis, Olivia Edwards plays Susanna Walcott and Grace Reynolds Buckton and Zoe Castle will share the role of Betty Parris.
Tom Morris said: “I am thrilled to welcome a cast of this quality and range to the theatre where this great play had its European premiere in 1954. It is a story of the founding of America, of course, and a story of the fears and hypocrisies of the 1950s, but the more I read it the more it feels to be a play about now. I can’t imagine a better team to bring it to life for an audience in 2015.”
Dean Lennox Kelly, Neve McIntosh, Rona Morison, Jeffery Kissoon, Jude Akuwudike and David Hargreaves to star in The Crucible.