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The Crucible

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A Bristol Old Vic production
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Tom Morris

Supported by The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

"How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!"

Arthur Miller's theatrical masterpiece The Crucible returns to the stage of its 1954 British premiere at Bristol Old Vic to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Written at the height of the McCarthyist witch-hunts in 1950s America, Miller's play plots the brutal self-destruction of a fragile Puritan community obsessed by the fear of witchcraft. A timeless moral parable, it has a habit of unmasking the fears and hypocrisies of any age in which it is played.

Bristol Old Vic's Tom Morris (Juliet and Her Romeo, A Midsummer Night's Dream, War Horse) directs a major new revival of this hugely influential work, holding its terrifying mirror up to the prejudices and narrow-minded certainties of today.

The intimacy of our beautiful Theatre will be enhanced with on-stage surround seating in a configuration never before seen at Bristol Old Vic, bringing audiences startlingly close to the action of one of the most powerful plays of the twentieth century.

Tom Morris will collaborate on the show with George Mann, Bristol Old Vic's Associate Director (Theatre Ad Infinitum) and award-winning designer Robert Innes Hopkins (Neville's Island, Speed The Plow, Clybourne Park, Swallows and Amazons).

Morris' directing is symphonic, phrasing the play into building crescendos before cutting to the quiet of a single candle."


The evening conjures a chilling sense of a god-fearing, prayer-intoning, puritanical community, reeling from blow after blow."


Tom Morris' riveting production discovers plenty of modern import in Miller's great work, while retaining its power to shock"


Meet the cast of The Crucible

8 Oct-7 Nov
7:30pm, 2:30pm

(All Sat mats, Thu mats 15, 29 Oct and 5 Nov, Tue mat 20 Oct)
(plus booking fee)

Suitable for ages 12+

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Creative Team
Arthur Miller
By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Plays Limited
Tom Morris
Set & Costume Designer
Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting Designer
Richard Howell
Composer & Sound Designer
Dave Price
Associate Director
George Mann
Supported by the Quercus Trust and in partnership with the National Theatre
Costume Supervisor Emma Cains
Casting Director
Ginny Schiller

Jude Akuwudike, Dominic Allen, Zoe Castle, Olivia Edwards, Peter Edwards, Annes Elwy, David Hargreaves, Jeffery Kissoon, Dean Lennox Kelly, Mark Letheren, Kika Markham, Neve McIntosh, Rona Morison, Emma Naomi, Saskia Portway, Sara Powell, Grace Reynolds Buckton, John Stahl, Ewart James Walters and Daniel Weyman.

Production photographs Geraint Lewis

Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club In Conversation

Sat 24 Oct, 11am
The Crucible Director Tom Morris
£5 tickets available on the day. Free for Bristol Old Vic Theatre Club members, students and under 18s.

This production of The Crucible is made possible by the partnership of Laura Pels and the generous support of The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

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