Leads Announced for Broadway Revival of Witch-Hunt Drama The Crucible

News   Leads Announced for Broadway Revival of Witch-Hunt Drama The Crucible
Casting has been announced for the planned 2016 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Salem-set witch hunt drama, The Crucible, with a score by Philip Glass.
Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw (“The Hour”) will play John Proctor; Saoirse Ronan will be Abigail Williams; and Ciaran Hinds (“Game of Thrones, and The Seafarer) will be Deputy Governor Danforth. As previously announced, Tony-winner Sophie Okonedo (A Raisin in the Sun) will play Elizabeth Proctor.

Also announced: Bill Camp (as Reverend John Hale), Jim Norton (as Giles Corey), Tavi Gevinson (as Mary Warren) and Jason Butler Harner (as Reverend Parris).

Producer Scott Rudin, recently represented on Broadway with Skylight, The Audience and Fish in the Dark, is planning another Broadway revival of an Arthur Miller play this season, a transfer of the London production of A View From the Bridge. Both Miller plays will be directed by Belgian Ivo van Hove.

Rehearsals will begin in January 2016 with a first preview currently scheduled for Feb. 29 at a theatre yet to be named. It will open April 7 and continue through July 17.

The production will have 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. Miller's award-winning drama, according to the casting notice, is described thus: "In the tight-knit, Puritan town of Salem, a group of girls are discovered dancing in the woods and then immediately fall ill. When no earthly cause can be identified, fear and suspicion begin to percolate in the small, isolated community, that something larger, more fearsome, and other worldly may be to blame. Buried secrets and resentments are brought to light, and attempts to root out evil lead to finger-pointing, treachery, and betrayal. When everyone is a suspect, sometimes the most dangerous threat to the community may be the community itself."

The Crucible debuted on Broadway in January 1953, winning the Tony for Best Play. The most recent revival, directed by Richard Eyre in 2002, co-starred Laura Linney and Liam Neeson.

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