A chilling witch-hunt. Charlie Condou stars in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

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Arthur Miller’s classic American drama, The Crucible, starring former Coronation Street star Charlie Condou as the witch-finder, is to tour the UK from February.

The new co-production by Sell A Door Theatre Company and The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, in association with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, will open in Essex.

Charlie Condou plays Reverend Hale and takes a Brechtian look at this violent story of frail reason in the face of hysteria. It will be directed by the Queen’s Theatre artistic director, Douglas Rintoul.

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In a small 17th century New England town a children’s game has terrifying consequences as allegations of witchcraft break out.

Quickly caught up in an unstoppable flow of paranoia, accusation and manipulation, the community is consumed by a climate of suspicion where no person is safe from its neighbour.

One of the twentieth century’s landmark plays, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible stands as both a historical record and a political parable for our times. The unrelenting witchhunt and violence, an allegory of the brutal McCarthyism of American politics in the 1950s, resonates with an unnerving clarity in a post-Brexit UK.

David Hutchinson, artistic director of Sell a Door Theatre Company, said: “The Crucible was the first production I ever witnessed on stage.

“It resonates today as it did when it first met an audience as a fundamentally important piece of American theatre that calls into question our highest beliefs and morals.

“After our summer and autumn season of high flying musicals, it’s a chilling, powerful play that is punching off our 2017 season of work”

2017 Tour

February 17-March 11, HORNCHURCH Queen’s Theatre
March 14-18, DARTFORD Orchard Theatre
March 20-25, CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre
March 28-April 1, ABERDEEN His Majesty’s Theatre
April 6-8, LUXEMBOURG Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
April 11-15, RICHMOND Theatre
April 24-29, BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
May 8-13, MANCHESTER Opera House
May 23-27 CARDIFF New Theatre
June 5-10, BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre
June 12-17, GLASGOW Theatre Royal

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