The Crucible is the first "classic" to play at the Yard Theatre. The east London performing space and social hub has previously programmed only contemporary work by living artists. First performed on Broadway in 1953, Miller’s play concerns the historical events of the Salem witch trials in 1692-3 Massachusetts. While the play is famously an allegory for the 50s McCarthyism and “red-baiting” of suspected communists in American society, its prodigious afterlife suggests the concerns with climates of fear and persecution have never become irrelevant.
Yard Theatre Artistic director, Jay Miller, who is also director of the production, says that ‘we need to look back in order to move forward’, and that the play speaks to ‘a world torn apart, a community that, driven by fear, becomes isolated individuals, scared, and desperate to protect themselves. This speaks powerfully to today.’
Miller and The Yard seem to be angling for a production rooted in the here and now. While casting details have not yet been divulged, it has been confirmed that the central role of John Proctor will be gender-swapped. The effect this will have on the play is intriguing , although the first question on everybody’s mind is sure to be whether it will become ‘Joan Proctor’.
Miller’s plays interrogate many aspects of modern society, such as capitalism, social responsibility and the role of family. The Yard’s revival of what is perhaps Miller’s most popular play seems an essential addition for anyone excited about the contemporary urgency of Miller’s work for Londoners in 2019.
|What||The Crucible, The Yard Theatre|
|Where||Yard Theatre, Unit 2a Queen’s Yard, London , E9 5EN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Hackney Wick (overground)|
27 Mar 19 – 11 May 19, 19:00pm, Monday - Friday; 13:00: & 19:00 Saturdays
|Website||Click here for more information and to book tickets|