‘The Crucible’ to transfer to the West End

The National Theatre’s 2022 production will play at the Gielgud Theatre for 12 weeks. Lyndsey Turner directs Arthur Miller's story inspired by the Salem witch trials.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Following an acclaimed run at the National Theatre, The Crucible will transfer to the West End in 2023. The Crucible is at the Gielgud Theatre, with previews from 7 June, an opening night on 15 June, and performances to 2 September.

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is set during the 17th-century Salem witch trials. When a witch hunt commences, a group of young women find their words have a terrible power, and a climate of fear spreads.

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, it will encompass all of that and more. It is also an intimate portrait of a fractured marriage, of a flawed husband, a struggling wife and an embittered lover. The personal here has just as much weight as the political.”

The Crucible West End cast will be announced later. The National Theatre production previously starred Brendan Cowell as John Proctor and Erin Doherty as Abigail Williams.

Lyndsey Turner directs, with set design by Es Devlin, 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 at the National Theatre (Photo by National Theatre Live)

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