Theatre and Complete Cast Announced for Broadway Revival of The Crucible

News   Theatre and Complete Cast Announced for Broadway Revival of The Crucible
At Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre, murder will be followed by witchcraft. Less than 24 hours after A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder announced its January closing at the Kerr, Arthur Miller's Salem-set witch-hunt drama, The Crucible, has snapped up the house for its planned spring 2016 Broadway revival.

Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw

The production, which will feature an original score by composer Philip Glass, also announced that it has finalized its cast. Newly announced: 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).

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

Also previously 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 the Kerr. It will open April 7 and continue through July 17. Tickets go on sale Sept. 12 at 10 AM ET and will be available by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100 or by visiting 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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