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Arthur Miller's The Crucible


Theatre: Walter Kerr Theatre
Opening Night: March 31 2016
Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Len Blavatnik, Roy Furman, Peter May, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergère, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ruth Hendel, JFL Theatricals, Stacey Mindich, Jon B. Platt, Megan Savage, Spring Sirkin, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson
Best Revival of a Play
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Best Lighting Design of a Play


This new production of Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning Best Play stars Ben Whishaw (as John Proctor), Sophie Okonedo (as Elizabeth Proctor), Saoirse Ronan (as Abigail Williams), and Ciarán Hinds (as Deputy-Governor Danforth).


  • Though the play is based on real-life witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 and 1693, Miller wrote it as an allegory of McCarthyism during the early 1950s, when individuals were called before Congressional committees that demanded they name names of their associates who had been members of the Communist party.
  • This is one of two new productions of Miller’s plays staged on Broadway by Belgian director Ivo van Hove during the season of Miller’s centenary (he was born in the fall of 1915). The other is A View from the Bridge.


The Crucible was first produced on Broadway in 1953 and won that year’s Tony Award as Best Play. This is its fifth Broadway revival. The play has been adapted for film twice, once in French with a screenplay by Jean-Paul Sartre, and then again in 1996 by Miller himself. There have also been several television versions, and an opera by composer Robert Ward.


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