Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
(10 mins) Exit onto Marylebone Road and turn left. Past Madame Tussauds turn left into York Gate and follow York Bridge to the end. Pass through the large gates into the park and walk straight until you reach the theatre on your left.
The Open Air theatre will be welcoming Arthur Miller’s classic play back to the stage in 2010 under the direction of their Artistic Director Timothy Sheader. It is possibly the most well known and popular plays by the late playwright and is a piece of historical importance, not just as an account of the Salem Witch Trials in the 1690s, but because it is an allegory to McCarthyism and the Red Scare in the 1950s United States. However, it is a breathtaking piece of theatre in its own right with a compelling story, fuelled by superstition and envy, leading to a gripping climax.
In focusing on the Salem Witch trials, Miller introduces us to characters such as John Proctor, whose affair with the 17 year old Abigail Williams leads to her accusing his wife Elizabeth of witchcraft. It depicts this case amongst the overall madness that grips the community of Salem, where paranoia and superstition combine to cause mayhem and terror for those around. As a result, The Crucible looks at the effects of false accusations and the ways in which lives are changed when defending your innocence is difficult to do.
The ideas of false accusations and paranoia are the themes that lie parallel with 1950s America as Senator Joseph McCarthy led a campaign to rid the country of communists. In an effort to do this the US government drew up blacklists and people were questioned by the House Representatives’ Committee on Un-American Activities. Many people lost their jobs as a result of the campaign and Miller himself was questioned by the committee and convicted after he refused to identify other suspected communists.
Miller had always been a public figure and became a high profile playwright as a result of his marriage to Marilyn Monroe. However, his plays have stood the test of time and as well as The Crucible, his other work still receive considerable attention, such as Death of a Salesman and All My Sons.
Director Timothy Sheader has been the Artistic Director of the Open Air Theatre since 2007 and has directed many productions for its stage, including Hello, Dolly!, Gigi and Twelfth Night. His other credits include Imagine This at the New London Theatre and Streetcar to Tennesee at the Young Vic.
The Crucible is at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park from Monday 24th May 2010 to Saturday 19th June 2010.
|Booking From:||Monday, 24th May 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 19th June 2010|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm, Wed 9th and 16th June 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 8pm|