About The Crucible

Yael Farber, whose award-winning production of Mies Julie was one of the standout dramatic successes of 2012, directs a visceral re-imagining of Arthur Miller's modern American masterpiece.

One of the key works in the canon of 20th century American drama, The Crucible revolves around the infamous Salem witch trials that took place in Massachusetts in 1692. Arguably the best known example of mass hysteria in American history, the spurious trials arose from fear and fundamentalism and resulted in the executions of twenty innocent people.  

Miller's presents these events both as a fictionalised historical account and as an allegory for Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist investigations, which were current at the time of the play's writing in 1953. 

With knee-jerk fundamentalism and its horrible consequences still a matter of pressing concern today, the message inherent in The Crucible remains as powerful as ever.

What's the story?

The Crucible tells the story of one man's fight to save his identity in a repressive Puritan community where intolerence collides with lust and superstition.

Reverend Parris's teenage daughter Betty lies sick in bed. When it emerges that she has been seen dancing at night in the forest with another girl and the Reverend's slave, accusations fly that she has been involved in witchcraft, which in turn has caused her sickness. 

As more revelations about the personal lives of the Salem townspeople unfold, so a trickle of rumours about adultery and consorting with evil spirits turns into an avalanche of hysteria, that will crush the lives of innocents in a courtroom, a jail and ultimately on the altar of death. 

The Crucible Performance Dates & Times

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Important Information

Captioned Performances: Saturday 26th July at 2.30pm and Tuesday 12th August at 7.30pm.

Audio Described Performance: Thursday 14th August at 7.30pm 

Old Vic Theatre

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Where is The Crucible?

103 The Cut London SE1 8NB
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 521, X68; (Mepham Street) 211, 243, 507
  • Parking: Waterloo Station (4mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, N1, N68, N171; (Mepham Street) 243
  • Nearest Tube: Waterloo & City, Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee
  • Directions:

    (7mins) Take Mepham Street (100 metres) down to Waterloo Road. Turn right on Waterloo Road, but keep left as the theatre is 100 metres further along on the opposite corner.

  • Nearest Station: Waterloo


  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible