Billed as a celebratory tribute to Miller, who died in February, the revival of one of the American dramatist’s greatest plays will preview at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon Feb. 16, opening March 1.
The production, directed by Dominic Cooke, features Iain Glen in the central role of John Proctor.
Glen last appeared with the RSC in the company’s 1994-95 season when he played the title role in Shakespeare’s Henry V and Orgilus in John Ford’s The Broken Heart.
Joining Glen in The Crucible is Elaine Cassidy (Lieutenant of Inishmore, Scenes From the Big Picture) who plays Abigail, and Trevor Peacock, who takes on the role of Giles Corey.
Glen’s theatrical credits include The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman and Trevor Nunn’s 2002 National Theatre production of A Streetcar Named Desire in which Glen played Stanley, opposite Glenn Close’s Blanche. The cast in this major production of The Crucible also includes Robert Bowman (Reverend Hale), Ken Bradshaw (Ezekiel Cheever), Tim Chipping (Herrick) Ian Gelder (Parris), James Laurenson (Danforth), James Pearse (Hopkins), Clifford Rose (Francis Nurse), James Staddon (Thomas Putnam), John Stahl (Hathorne), Laura Elphistone (Susannah Walcott), Alison Garland (Mercy Lewis), Lorna Gayle (Tituba), Darlene Johnson (Rebecca Nurse), Susan McGoun (Sarah Good), Caroline O’Neill (Ann Putnam), Helen Schlesinger (Elizabeth Proctor), Catherine Skinner (Ensemble), Michelle Terry (Mary Warren) and Zoe Thorne (Betty Parris).The production is designed by Hidegard Bechtler (Primo, The Master Builder, The Goat).
“Arthur Miller’s compassion, vision and insight are unique in 20th Century American Theatre,” said RSC Associate Director Cooke. “He wrote The Crucible at a time of fear and paranoia in the U.S. In the early fifties, the American government was propagating the myth of a deadly and unseen enemy threatening the safety of every American citizen. It used this to justify its flagrant breaches of justice and civil liberties and increasing authoritarianism. The parallels with our own time are startling. Following Miller’s recent death it seemed the perfect time to look at his terrifying vision of a society gone mad with mistrust and collective hysteria. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is an ideal space for such a public and epic play, a play very much in the Shakespearean tradition.”