The Crucible, with Oscar Nominee Saoirse Ronan Returns to Broadway Tonight

News   The Crucible, with Oscar Nominee Saoirse Ronan Returns to Broadway Tonight
 
Arthur Miller’s play dramatizes the Salem witch trials.
Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw
Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw Jan Versweyveld

The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s Tony-winning 1953 dramatization of the real-life Salem, MA witch trials, opens on Broadway March 31, starring Sophie Okonedo, Ben Whishaw and 2016 Oscar ominee Saoirse Ronan.

Belgian director Ivo van Hove, who also staged the gripping Broadway revival of Miller’s A View from the Bridge earlier this season, helms the production that began previews March 1 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Performances are scheduled to continue through July 17.

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Miller’s play, which has been perceived as an indictment of the political paranoia that defined the McCarthy-era’s anti-communist “witch hunts” that cost many their livelihoods, won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. This production marks the play’s fifth Broadway revival.

Two-time Oscar nominee Ronan (Brooklyn) plays Abigail Williams, with Wishaw (The Hour) as John Proctor, Tony winner Okonedo (A Raisin in the Sun) as Elizabeth Proctor and Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones, The Seafarer) as Deputy Governor Danforth. The cast also features Bill Camp (as Reverend John Hale), Jim Norton (as Giles Corey), Tavi Gevinson (as Mary Warren) and Jason Butler Harner (as Reverend Parris).

The company also includes Tina Benko (as Ann Putnam/Sarah Goode), Teagle Bougere (as Judge Hawthorne), Michael Braun (as Ezekiel Cheever), Jenny Jules (as Tituba), Thomas Jay Ryan (as Thomas Putnam), Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut (as Susanna Walcott), Elizabeth Teeter (as Betty Parris), Ray Anthony Thomas (as Francis Nurse), Brenda Wehle (as Rebecca Nurse) and Erin Wilhelmi (as Mercy Lewis).

Scott Rudin, who also presented this season’s revival of A View from the Bridge, produces. His upcoming Broadway slate includes this spring’s Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; and a 2017 revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler.

The Crucible has original music by composer Philip Glass.

The production has scenic and lighting design by longtime van Hove collaborator Jan Versweyveld and costume design by Wojciech Dziedzic. The casting directors are Heidi Griffiths and Zoe Rotter.

Tickets can be ordered from Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100 or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.

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