The Crucible

by Arthur Miller

directed by Philippa Taylor

Performed at the

Nuffield Theatre


18th to 23rd June 1979

Arthur Miller was born in New York on 17th October 1915, the son of a clothing manufacturer. He attended the University of Michigan from 1934 to 1938, where he twice won the Avery Hopwood award for playwriting. On graduating, he returned to New York and quickly gained a reputation as a script writer, contributing material to such radio programmes as The Cavalcade of America. In 1944, Miller was invited to participate in gathering and preparing material for the film The Story of G.I.Joe. His experience of army life, gained during this project, also gave rise to Situation Normal, a volume of sketches.

Millers first play to appear on Broadway, The Man Who Had All The Luck, brought him no luck at all and lasted only four performances. In 1947, however, All My Sons enjoyed a long run and won the New York Drama Critics award. Death of a Salesman, first produced in 1949, built upon this success and is regarded as a landmark in American drama.

Miller was known to be a sympathiser of left-wing political causes and was the subject of investigations into Communist influence in the arts. The Crucible (1953) did nothing to dampen suspicion, since it was seen as drawing a comparison between the Salem Witch trials and American hysteria over communism. In 1956 he was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and on refusing to name his political associates, was cited for Contempt of Congress. The decision was, however, reversed by the courts.

His other works include Incident at Vichy and After the Fall, an autobiographical drama based on his four year marriage to Marilyn Monroe.

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Christine Baker, Sheila Clark, possibly Denis Grist.

Betty Parris Zoe Brookes
Rev. Samuel Parris David Bartlett
Tituba Christine Baker
Abigail Williams Lynda Edwards
Susanna Wallcott Meri Lawther
Mrs. Ann Putnam Maureen Pearse
Thomas Putnam Michael Patterson
Mercy Lewis Anita Langham
Mary Warren Carol Clark
John Proctor Ken Spencer
Rebecca Nurse Ann Brookes
Giles Corey Denis Grist
Rev. John Hale David Pike
Mrs. Elizabeth Proctor Sheana Carrington
Francis Nurse John Smith
Ezekiel Cheever Brian Whitaker
Judge Hathorne Becket Pennington Legh
Deputy-Governor Danforth Philip de Grouchy
Sarah Good Joan Johnson
Herrick George Hutchinson


For the Maskers:  
Stage Manager Mike Johnson
Lighting Mike McDermid
Technical Director Joy Wingfield
Properties Jacqui Mitchell
Costumes Hazel Burrows
Assisted by Audrey Whitaker
Sound James McDowell, Chris Jones
Furniture Sheila Clark
Set Design Ken Spencer
Set Construction Ken Spencer, Mike Johnson, John Riggs
Production Assistants Jenny Mcconnell, Carol Clark   
Business Management and Publicity Brian Stansbridge, Graham Buchanan

Christine Baker, Sheila Clark, possibly Denis Grist.

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