A witch hunt is beginning in The Crucible, as National Theatre Live invites audiences to its ‘gut-wrenching’ (★★★★★, Daily Mail) first broadcast of the year. Arthur Miller’s gripping parable of power and its abuse returns in an urgent new staging by director Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet). Launching in UK and Ireland cinemas from Thursday 26 January, and worldwide from Thursday 2 March, tickets are now on sale.
Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power. As a climate of fear, vendetta and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial.
Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma) take the stage as Abigail Williams and John Proctor in this production, with captivating and atmospheric design by Tony Award- winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy). They are joined by Eileen Walsh (Women on the Verge) as Elizabeth Proctor, Fisayo Akinade (Romeo & Juliet) as Reverend Hale, Karl Johnson (Under Milk Wood) as Giles Corey and Matthew Marsh (Dunkirk) as Danforth.
Further company includes David Ahmad, Nathan Amzi, Zoë Aldrich, Stephanie Beattie, Raphael Bushay, Sophia Brown, Halle Brown, Anushka Chakravarti, Grace Cooper Milton, Rachelle Diedericks, Hero Douglas, Henry Everett, Nick Fletcher, Jersey Blu Georgia, Aoife Haakenson, Colin Haigh, Una Herrmann, Martin Johnston, Evie Marner, Gracie McGonigal, Alastair Parker, Joy Tan, Ami Tredrea, Tilly Tremayne and Cadence Williams.
Set design is by Es Devlin, costume design by Catherine Fay and lighting design by Tim Lutkin. Sound design by Tingying Dong (content design) and Paul Arditti (system design). Composer and arranger is Caroline Shaw, and arranger and music director is Osnat Schmool. Fight director is Bret Young and Ita O’Brien and Louise Kempton for intimacy on set. Staff director is Blythe Stewart, and dialect coaches are Danièle Lydon and Hazel Holder.
Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre. Sky Arts is the Headline Partner of National Theatre Live in the UK.
‘A five-star scorcher’ The Sunday Times
‘A gripping revival of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece’ Daily Telegraph
‘Erin Doherty lights up the stage’ Evening Standard
‘It doesn’t get much more spectacular’ Time Out