Middle-earth News reported last week that actor Richard Armitage was rumored to be in final talks to appear at London’s Old Vic this summer in a new production of Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. The Old Vic made the news official on April 15, with an online announcement.
The Old Vic describes the upcoming production, to be directed by Yaël Farber, as “a visceral re-imagining of Arthur Miller’s modern American masterpiece.” The story, set in the time of the Salem witch trials of colonial America, echoes Miller’s experiences with 1950’s McCarthyism in the United States. The Old Vic’s description continues, “The Crucible tells the story of one man’s fight to save his identity in a repressive Puritan community where intolerance collides with lust and superstition, fuelling widespread hysteria with tragic results.”
The play will run Jun 24 to September 13, 2014. Performances include both evening and matinee offerings, as well as captioned and audio described performances on select dates. Theatre-goers can book tickets online at the Old Vic’s website.