The Crucible

The play was first performed in January 1953 at the Martin Beck Theatre, New York. The British premiere was at the Bristol Old Vic in 1954.

The play paralleled the investigations of the House of Un-American Activities Committee in the USA in the 1950’s – a communist witch-hunt in which Arthur Miller and many of his friends became embroiled. Miller wrote the play as an allegory of the McCarthy trials and based the story upon the 17th century witch hunts that took place in the Puritan community of Salem, near Boston, Massachusetts.

In Salem a group of teenage girls are found dancing in the woods. Dancing is forbidden in this Puritan community. Mysteriously, many of the girls fall ill with supposed hallucinations and seizures and suspicion falls on Tituba, a black slave, who is thought to dabble in the ‘black arts’.  Soon accusations of witchcraft fill the village, fuelled by Abigail Williams, the girls’ ringleader, who with Tituba accuses various townsfolk of conspiring with the devil. The community is beset with jealousies and bitter quarrelling and deeply held grudges rise to the surface. Local farmer, John Proctor, suspects Abigail of being a fraud, but is afraid to denounce her as he had an affair with her when she was working at his house and he fears for his good name. Jealous and vindictive, Abigail accuses Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth of dealing with the devil and she is arrested. Finally John does what he believes is right, is himself accused and he is executed. The behaviour of the people of Salem results in tragedy and the community is left with its conscience in tatters.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.

Wednesday 27th to Saturday 30th September, 7.30pm

Tickets:  Full £11 and Concession £9



Box office opening times


9th 12 - 1.30pm

13th 7 - 8.30pm

16th 12 - 1.30pm

20th 7 - 8.30pm

23rd 12 - 1.30pm

27th 6.45 - 7.30pm

28th 6.45 - 7.30pm

29th 6.45 - 7.30pm

30th 6.45 - 7.30pm


Show dates: 27/09/2017 - 30/09/2017

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Cast and Crew

GroupRoleMember Name
CastAbigail WilliamsDanielle Clark
CastAnn PutmanSharon Edmonds
CastBetty ParrisErin Webster
CastDeputy-Governor DanforthRob Trayhurn
CastElizabeth ProctorJulia Gear-Evans
CastEzekiel CheeverEwan Wyatt
CastFrancis NurseTerence Ricketts
CastGiles CoreyBernie Mundy
CastJohn ProctorKevin Hardacre
CastJudge HathorneGlynn Webster
CastMary WarrenLydia Stobie-Owen
CastMercy LewisKate Horbury
CastRebecca NurseCatriona Eagle
CastReverend John HaleAdam Lanfranchi
CastReverend ParrisPeter Gilchrist
CastSusanna WalcottElisha Webster
CastThomas PutmanMartyn Jessop
CastTitubaAileen Thomasson
CrewLightingGraham Brown
CrewMake UpHelen Makin
CrewMake UpJulie Makin
CrewPromptFreda Brown
CrewPropsLesley Ricketts
CrewSoundAdrian Mitchell
Production TeamDirectorLois Harbinson
Production TeamProducerGraham Brown
ProgrammeAdam Lanfranchi
PublicityAdam Lanfranchi
SetSet DesignEmma Lanfranchi