THE CRUCIBLE to tour the UK in 2017

crucible-1600x1000pxSalem in the seventeenth century is a place where truth holds no currency, where fear is used as a political tool and where intruding threats are invented to explain current woes.

Full casting has been announced for the Selladoor Productions and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production of Arthur Miller‘s blistering classic American drama The Crucible. Charlie Condou, who is best known for the role of midwife Marcus Dent in Coronation Street, will be playing the witch-hunter Reverend Hale and Call The Midwife star Victoria Yeates takes on the role of Elizabeth Proctor. They will be joined by Eoin Slattery, whose career includes roles at The National Theatre, The Royal Exchange Theatre and Hull Truck, as John Proctor and Lucy Keirl, who recently took the role of Juliet in The Watermill’s 2016 production of Romeo and Juliet, as Abigail Williams. Other cast members comprise, Paul Beech as Francis Nurse, David Delve as Giles Corey, Cornelius Clarke as Reverend Parris, Diana Yekinni as Tituba and Mercy Lewis, David Kirkbride as Ezekiel Cheever, Eleanor Montgomery as Ann Putnam and Susanna Walcott, Augustina Seymour as Mary Warren and Rebecca Nurse, Leona Allen as Betty Parris and Carl Patrick as Thomas Putnam and Marshall Herrick.

The Crucible is directed by Douglas Rintoul, Artistic Director of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, who takes a Brechtian approach to this potent story of frail reason in the face of hysteria. The production draws parallels with Trump’s America and Post Brexit UK where truth is no longer an absolute and daily reports of race-driven hate crime fill the news.

One of the twentieth century’s landmark dramas, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible stands as both a historical record and a political parable for our times. The unrelenting and violent witch-hunt, which was originally written as an allegory about the brutal reign McCarthyism, which swept across the political landscape of 1950s America, resonates into the present day as a stark and ferocious warning from the past.

The Queen’s Theatre is an award-winning producing house, which has been serving audiences in East London, Essex and beyond for over 60 years. It presents over eight productions in its 500-seater auditorium each year. Under the stewardship of Douglas Rintoul it has recently produced the highly acclaimed regional premiere of the West End Musical Made In Dagenham



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