The Crucible at the Old Vic starring Richard Armitage

The Old Vic, London

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The Old Vic presents Arthur Miller’s modern classic The Crucible starring Richard Armitage.

Award-winning director Yael Farber brings her new production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to the Old Vic this summer.

Starring acclaimed TV and movie star Richard Armitage (Captain America: The First Avenger, North and South, Spooks, Robin Hood), Anna Madeley and Samantha Colley, the play has enjoyed rave, 5-star reviews from the press.

This highly visceral re-imagining of Arthur Miller’s American masterpiece is presented in-the-round at the Old Vic and is an extraordinary theatrical event.


Stars Richard Armitage as John Proctor, Anna Madeley as Elizabeth Proctor and Samantha Colley as Abigail Williams in the drama. The cast also includes Sarah Niles, Rebecca Saire and Zara White.


Compelling drama about the Salem witch trials, which draws fascinating parallels with McCarthy’s anticommunist investigations in the 1950’s. In the play, one man fights to save his identity in a repressive Puritan community in America, where intolerance collides with lust and superstition, fuelling widespread hysteria with tragic results.


★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph
★★★★★ The Times
★★★★★ Time Out
★★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★★ The Independent

Show Information

Running time
To be confirmed
Performance dates
Booking to 13 September 2014

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Important Notes

Captioned Performances: Saturday 26th July at 2.30pm and Tuesday 12th August at 7.30pm; Audio Described Performance: Thursday 14th August at 7.30pm

Venue Information

The Old Vic, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501

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Reviews of The Crucible starring Richard Armitage at the Old Vic Theatre
A round-up of reviews for The Crucible at the Old Vic Theatre starring Richard Armitage. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Richard Armitage in The Crucible[/caption] The Crucible opened last night (3 July 2014) at the Old Vic Theatre in London. Arthur Miller’s modern classic is directed by award-winning director Yael Farber and stars TV and movie star Richard Armitage (Captain America: The First Avenger, North and South, Spooks, Robin Hood). The Crucible Reviews EARLY REVIEWS (Note: these are of preview performances, which is a practice not condoned by most legit press) Pop-Verse (Megan Leigh) "the remarkable Samantha Colley arguably steals the show. A relative newcomer, Colley was an interesting choice to cast in such a high-profile role. She delivers on every level." Rev Stan "Armitage certainly didn't disappoint but then neither did the rest of the cast with Colley making a firm mark in her stage debut. This is a long play - current run time is three and a half hours including interval - and it almost gets away with it but it will be its tone and raw passion that linger long after the tiredness of a late night has subsided." PRESS NIGHT REVIEWS: TheatreCat (Libby Purves) "It will haunt the memory for months, this profound, dark-lit, smoke-scented deep-booming production of Arthur Miller’s play. In the round arena it creates a ring of pity, guilt and judgement: the physically intense direction of Yael Farber makes Salem’s crazy diabolic terror rise again, as fresh as yesterday and as threatening as tomorrow. " SEE MAIN PRESS REVIEWS BELOW BOOK Book tickets to The Crucible at the Old Vic Theatre
Matthew Warchus to become new director of the Old Vic
Matilda and Ghost The Musical director Matthew Warchus is to succeed Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Matthew Warchus to head the Old Vic[/caption] The Old Vic announced today that Matthew Warchus, one of Britain's most versatile and respected directors, has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Old Vic, taking over from Kevin Spacey. The appointment is seen as a coup for Sally Greene and the Old Vic management, and shores up Kevin Spacey's successful legacy at the venue. Spacey said in a statement that, "I couldn't be happier that my friend Matthew Warchus has agreed to take the reins at The Old Vic next year. " Warchus said: "I am excited and honoured to be following Kevin's galvanising tenure at this wonderful building. He has re-established The Old Vic as a globally important theatre and I look forward to continuing to develop it as a hub of invigorating creativity". The award-winning director is an Associate Artist at the Old Vic, and his prior work at the venue includes his 2008 production of The Norman Conquests, which transferred to Broadway and won him a Drama Desk Award, and Speed the Plow with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum. His direction of Matilda for the RSC scooped him an Olivier Award in 2012 and the show has won multiple Oliviers and Tonys. Ghost the Musical ran at the Piccadilly Theatre in London and the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York. Other stage credits include La Bete, Deathtrap, God of Carnage, Boeing Boeing, The Lord of the Rings, Endgame, Tell Me on a Sunday and Art. Warchus's big break came with his production of Much Ado About Nothing in 1992 at the Queen's Theatre starring Mark Rylance and Janet McTeer. He is currently working on new movie Pride by Stephen Beresford starring Dominic West, Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy. Kevin Spacey's final season at the Old Vic includes his forthcoming one-man play Clarence Darrow, Richard Armitage in The Crucible and Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra. LINKS More news about the Old Vic Theatre The Old Vic Theatre Matthew Warchus - Biog BOOK Book tickets to Other Desert Cities at the Old Vic Book tickets to The Crucible at the Old Vic Book tickets to Electra at the Old Vic
Old Vic announce new season
The Old Vic theatre has announced its new Summer and Autumn 2014 season [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kevin Spacey as Clarence Darrow in a new Old Vic production[/caption] Highlights of the Old Vic theatre's new summer and autumn 2014 season have been announced. The theatre, which has been turned into an 'in the round space' for the season, include: Kevin Spacey in one-man play Clarence Darrow directed by Thea Sharrock to celebrate his 10 years at the Old Vic Yaёl Farber directs Arthur Miller's The Crucible Ian Rickson directs Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra   [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra[/caption] In June 2014, Kevin Spacey will star in a one-man play about Clarence Darrow, the pioneering 19th century American lawyer, directed by Thea Sharrock. Spacey returns to the stage of the Old Vic, where he is Artistic Director, to celebrate his 10th anniversary at the theatre. In July 2014, Yaël Farber (Mies Julie and Nirbhaya) directs Arthur Miller's modern classic The Crucible. And from October 2014, Sophocles' Electra will be staged in a version by Frank McGuinness. The play will see director Ian Rickson reunited with with Kristin Scott Thomas. These productions join current play Other Desert Cities, which is the first show to kick off the Old Vic in the round season. Other Desert Cities is directed by Lindsay Posner and stars Sinéad Cusack, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton. Kevin Spacey said in a statement that he was "thrilled to be returning to The Old Vic stage, for the first time performing in the round, such an exciting transformation of our Old Vic space for actors and audiences alike. As I celebrate ten years at the helm of this very special theatre it feels great to be returning to the character of Clarence Darrow, whom I played both onstage in Inherit the Wind and 22 years ago in the PBS film Darrow, directed by one of my House of Cards collaborators, John Coles. I am particularly pleased to be working with Thea Sharrock, one of the most exciting directors of her generation. With Other Desert Cities about to open and this new raft of productions announced to follow this is a diverse programme of classic and new work which we are very proud to present to theatre goers, as we close our tenth season of work and open our eleventh season this September. To present Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is an honour and I am delighted to be joining forces with Ian Rickson and Kristin Scott Thomas and our longtime co-producer Sonia Friedman to come together with Electra. I know our audience will be excited by this programme and I can’t wait to be back on stage myself.” SHOW DETAILS Clarence Darrow by David W Rintels Starring Kevin Spacey, directed by Thea Sharrock Previews from 28 May 2014 The Crucible by Arthur Miller Directed by Yaël Farber Previews from 24 June 2014 Electra by Sophocles In a version by Frank McGuinness Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, directed by Ian Rickson Previews from 20 September 2014 LINKS Book tickets to The Crucible at the Old Vic Theatre Book tickets to Electra starring Kristin Scott Thomas at the Old Vic Theatre Old Vic website

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3 thoughts on “The Crucible at the Old Vic starring Richard Armitage”

  1. We came to see it on the first night Sat. June 21st, sat 4 rows back from the front. Was mesmerised from start to finish, the most galvanising acting, superb production, excellent performances, so exciting, dramatic, can’t praise it enough! Congratulations to everyone. Captured the mood, and Richard is a superb actor, he makes you feel his frustration, pain anger and sorrow, but also tender with Mary Warren. We’re lucky enough to have a second visit in August bringing son and grand daughter too. It’s the best production I’ve ever seen on stage.There was only one scene which seemed to drag a little and almost seemed unnecessary and that was the second last scene with Goody Good and Tituba and the Marshall (Prison warden.) just a personal observation. Loved the fight scene between Proctor and Abigail.. most of the audience wished they were Abigail! Flew over from S.W. Ireland to see this (Hubby’s b’day present) and thanks a million to Richard for having the patience and kindness to come out and sign autographs and have photo’s taken with his ‘well-wishers’ it certainly was the icing on a very beautiful birthday cake!THANKYOU EVERYONE. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!

  2. Deejay Driscoll

    Yael Farber is not a he. SHE is bringing her new production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to the Old Vic this summer. Way to not do your research for the article. *smh*

    1. Hey Deejay thank you so much for pointing this out – very silly mistake indeed. It has now been corrected. Thanks again for taking the time to write to us. Cheers, Paul (Editor,

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