Milly Alcock to play Abigail Williams in ‘The Crucible’

Lyndsey Turner will direct the House of the Dragons star in her professional theatre debut. The Arthur Miller play runs at the Gielgud Theatre this summer.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Milly Alcock will make her West End debut this summer, playing Abigail Williams in The Crucible. The Crucible begins previews at the Gielgud Theatre on 7 June, with an opening night on 15 June, and performances to 2 September.

The Australian actress is best known for playing the younger Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon. She joins an illustrious lineup of Game of Thrones stars in the West End, including Emilia Clarke in The Seagull, and Matt Smith in Lungs. Further casting will be announced at a later date.

“To say it’s a dream come true to work on such an iconic play with such a distinguished theatre company is an understatement. I am beyond thrilled," said Alcock.

Set during the 17th-century Salem witch trials, Arthur Miller's The Crucible follows a small-town community taken back by constant accusations of witchcraft. As hysteria builds, a climate of fear spreads. Lyndsey Turner directs the two-time Olivier-nominated revival, with nods in Best Revival and Best Lighting Design categories.

In a five-star review of The Crucible, “Turner wisely avoids any specific references, understanding that if you unleash the full dramatic power of Miller’s mighty work… The personal here has just as much weight as the political.”

Es Devlin provides design, with costume design by Catherine Fay, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, and sound design by Tingying Dong (content design) and Christopher Shutt (system design).

The Crucible is at the Gielgud Theatre.

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Photo credit: The Crucible (Photo courtesy of production)

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