Yaël Farber directs a visceral re-imagining of Arthur Miller’s modern American masterpiece, The Crucible, which opens at The Old Vic, London this June.
The story, about the Salem witch trials, draws parallels with the playwright’s experience of McCarthy’s anticommunist investigations in the 1950s.
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.
Richard Armitage and Anna Madeley are set to play John and Elizabeth Proctor in the production.
The Crucible is the second play in this season at The Old Vic which will be presented in the round.
This summer Richard Armitage can also be seen in the tornado disaster film, Into the Storm, and, later this year, will reprise his starring role in Peter Jackson’s last instalment of the Hobbit trilogy.
Richard came to public attention through TV shows including North and South, Spooks, Robin Hood, Strike Back, The Vicar of Dibley and the BBC’s Macbeth.
Anna Madeley has recently been seen as Miss Ravillious in ITV’s Mr Selfridge.
The Crucible will run from June 24-Sept 13.