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Crucible, The

Crucible, The

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

For the puritanical folk of Salem, Massachusetts, the news that their young women have been conjuring spirits in the forest is devastating. It means the devil is amongst them. And the devil must be hunted down and driven out, whatever the cost. Fear and suspicion quickly spiral out of control, unleashing a murderous powder keg of accusations, hysteria, lust and revenge. Read more …

Arthur Miller’s 1953 play is one of the most powerful pieces of 20th century theatre. Written as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the US government persecuted its citizens for being communists, this parable of politics, religious fervour and fear is a masterpiece which still resonates in the 21st century.

The critical consensus

This is a big production using all seventeen members of the ensemble and gives them something to really test their mettle.

***(*)(*)Joy Watters, Across the Arts

Pitlochry’s festival ensemble deliver strong performances and highlight why The Crucible is still relevant.

****(*)Mary-Ann Connolly, The Wee Review, 30/06/2019

Newman’s production is at its most powerful in its displays of raw emotion.

****(*)Allan Radcliffe, 11/07/2019

This Pitlochry production achieves many moments of high drama, without finally bringing as much clarity or insight as it seems to promise.

***(*)(*)Joyce McMillan, 29/06/2019

When Judge Danforth talks about getting to the bottom of the swamp in the third act courtroom scene of Arthur Miller’s McCarthy era masterpiece, it’s hard not to pick up on the accidental contemporary resonance of such populist rhetoric.

****(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 15/07/2019

Where and when?

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry from Thursday June 20, 2019, until Friday September 27, 2019. Plays in repertory. Check website for performance dates and times.. More info:

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