RSC’s Crucible to Transfer to London's West End

News   RSC’s Crucible to Transfer to London's West End London will be host to two major Arthur Miller productions when the Royal Shakespeare Company revival of The Crucible transfers to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre March 29, officially opening April 5.

Featuring Iain Glen in the central role of John Proctor, Dominic Cooke’s production is billed as the RSC’s tribute to Miller, who died in February 2005.

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 production, the RSC's final new work before their Complete Works season, reaches London while another Miller play, Robert Altman’s poorly received staging of Miller's Resurrection Blues, plays at Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic.

That show’s starry cast, which includes Matthew Modine, Maximilian Schell and Neve Campbell, opened in Miller’s penultimate play on March 2 and is due to end its run on April 22.

Critical reaction to Altman’s production was so bad, Old Vic producer David Liddiment reaffirmed Spacey’s commitment to the theatre. Speaking to The Guardian, he said that Spacey is "going to be around for a long time. He loves being in London, he loves this theatre, and he’s completely passionate about restoring the Old Vic to a position of pre-eminence in British theatre." The Crucible will be brought to London by producers Bill Kenwright and Thelma Holt, who have previousy staged many other RSC productions, including All’s Well That End’s Well For more information about The Crucible, call (o)870 890 1105.

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