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The Crucible – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

A mand and woman stand facing one another, his hands on her arms

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Designer: Anouk Schiltz Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Telling the tale of the Salem Witch Trials, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a key text for high school students with good reason. With its broader themes as applicable in today’s world as in the times of the Trials, it is rightly regarded as a classic. Miller’s ability ...

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The Crucible – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

A mand and woman stand facing one another, his hands on her arms

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: John Kennedy ‘The Salem tragedy developed from a paradox…a paradox in whose grip we still live, and there is no prospect yet that we will discover its resolution.’ Arthur Miller was deceptively invited to testify before the House of Un-American Activities (HUAC) suspected/accused of being a communist. As with Salem’s self-appointed theocrats, such is the ...

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The Crucible – New Theatre Cardiff

A mand and woman stand facing one another, his hands on her arms

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Chilling in its relevance to the fanaticism that is threatening us as we go about our business today, this new production of the American classic The Crucible, based on the true story of the Witches of Salem, which was adapted for the screen in 1996 and won Miller an Academy award ...

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The Crucible – Opera House, Manchester

A mand and woman stand facing one another, his hands on her arms

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Andrea Allen    Written as a stark allegory reflecting the tide of betrayal, fear and deceit he saw amid the governmental communist-hunt of 1950s America. Arthur Miller’s telling of the Salem Witch Trials will ever be, in Miller’s own words, “a warning of tyranny on the way or a reminder of tyranny just past”, ...

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The Crucible – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

A mand and woman stand facing one another, his hands on her arms

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Dan English Salem, 1692. A witchcraft hunt has gripped a rural Massachusetts community with women across the town accused of worshipping Satan. Reverend Parris, whose daughter and niece appear to have succumbed to the Devil’s seduction, leads a crusade of his fledgling flock against the witches he claims to be within his parish. ...

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The Plough and the Stars – National Theatre, London

Writer: Sean O’Casey Co-Directors: Jeremy Herrin, Howard Davies Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Even for a play about collateral damage during an armed urban conflict, there’s a surprising amount of violence in Sean O’Casey’s 1926 play. Set in November 1915 and Easter 1916 in inner city Dublin, there’s plenty of shots fired and scuffles as pressure rises, but the most shocking moment ...

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Ablutions – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Patrick deWitt Adaptor: Matthew Whittle Director: Bertrand Lesca Reviewer: Laura Maley Patrick DeWitt’s novel Ablutions becomes a stylish and powerful play from Fellswoop Theatre which ends its spring tour in The Lowry’s Studio. For an hour, Salford becomes the grimy Los Angeles underworld in which an unnamed bartender, heartbroken by the world around him, hatches a devious plan of ...

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Ablutions – Assembly Roxy Downstairs, Edinburgh

Director: Bertrand Lesca Dramaturg: Rina Vergano Musical Director: Ben Osborn Reviewer: Linford Butler Perfect pacing, impeccable acting and a sparsely set, well-crafted technical design, all underscored by an incredible country-blues Americana soundtrack, renders Fellswoop Theatre’s Ablutions – the very human, very tragic story of a barman falling into the depths of despair – an impeccably well-made and impressively polished piece ...

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