Richard Armitage to Star in The Crucible at London's Old Vic Theatre

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15 Apr 2014

Richard Armitage, best known for playing Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Dwarves, in "The Hobbit" film trilogy and the villain Heinz Kruger in "Captain America: The First Avenger," is to star in the new production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible that begins performances June 24 at London's Old Vic Theatre.



Armitage will play John Proctor, with Anna Madeley as his wife Elizabeth and Samantha Colley as Abigail Williams in the production that will be directed by Yaёl Farber. The cast also includes Sarah Niles, Rebecca Saire and Zara White, with further cast to be announced.

According to press materials, this will be a visceral re-imagining of Arthur Miller’s modern American masterpiece about the Salem witch trials drawing parallels with his experience of McCarthy’s anti-communist investigations in the 1950’s.

Director Yaël Farber's most recent work Nirbhaya (directed and written by her in India) was seen at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival and has just completed a sold-out run at The Southbank Centre. Mies Julie (written and directed by Farber) was seen at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival and subsequently played in London and New York, where it was named one of the Top Ten Productions of 2012 by The New York Times, and Top Five Productions of 2012 by The Guardian.

Armitage will be seen this summer in New Line Cinema’s tornado disaster film "Into the Storm," directed by Steven Quale. His TV credits include "North and South," "Spooks," "The Vicar of Dibley" and the BBC's "Macbeth" opposite James McAvoy and Keeley Hawes. Previous stage work includes The Duchess of Malfi and Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Hamlet at the Birmingham Rep.

Madeley was seen on Broadway in Richard Eyre's production of Private Lives at the Music Box Theatre, opposite Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross and in David Grindley's production of The Phanthropist at the American Airlines Theatre, opposite Jonathan Cake and Matthew Broderick. U.K. stage credits include Earthquakes in London (National), The Turn of the Screw (Almeida) and three seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company. On film she has starred in "In Bruges," "Guest House Paradiso" and "A Fantastic Fear of Everything."

Colley is to graduate from The Oxford School of Drama in 2014 and will make her professional stage debut in this production. Whilst training, she played the title role in Anna Karenina, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew and Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7628 or visit oldvictheatre.com for more details.