Reviews: What Do Critics Think of The Crucible at London's National Theatre? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of The Crucible at London's National Theatre?

Brendan Cowell and Erin Doherty lead the cast as John Proctor and Abigail Williams in the Arthur Miller revival.

Erin Doherty in The Crucible at the National Theatre Johan Persson

Reviews are in for The National Theatre's production of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Lyndsey Turner (Under Milk Wood) directs the revival, which opened September 28 following previews that began September 14 in the Olivier Theatre. The run is set to continue through November 5.

Leading the cast are Brendan Cowell (Yerma) as John Proctor and Erin Doherty (The Crown, My Name is Rachel Corrie) as Abigail Williams, alongside Eileen Walsh (Women on the Verge) as Elizabeth Proctor, Fisayo Akinade (Romeo & Juliet) as Reverend Hale, Karl Johnson (Under Milk Wood) as Giles Corey, and Matthew Marsh (Dunkirk) as Danforth.

Read the reviews here.

Evening Standard (Nick Curtis)

The Guardian (Arifa Akbar)

London Theatre (Marianka Swain)

The Stage (Sam Marlowe)

The Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish)

Time Out (Andrzej Lukowski)

The Times (Clive Davis)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Rounding out the cast in the ensemble are David Ahmad, Nathan Amzi, Zoë Aldrich, Stephanie Beattie, Raphael Bushay, Sophia Brown, Halle Brown, Anushka Chakravarti, Grace Cooper Milton, Rachelle Diedericks, Hero Douglas, Henry Everett, Nick Fletcher, Jersey Blu Georgia, Colin Haigh, Una Herrmann, Martin Johnston, Evie Marner, Gracie McGonigal, Alastair Parker, Joy Tan, Ami Tredrea, Tilly Tremayne, and Cadence Williams.

Brendan Cowell in The Crucible at the National Theatre Johan Persson

The production features set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Catherine Fay, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound content design by Tingying Dong, sound system design Paul Arditti, compositions and arrangements by Caroline Shaw, arrangements and musical direction by Osnat Schmool, fight direction by Bret Young and Ita O’Brien, and intimacy direction by Louise Kempton. The staff director is Blythe Stewart, and dialect coaches are Danièle Lydon and Hazel Holder.

The Crucible will also be broadcast to cinemas across the U.K. on January 26, 2023, and around the world March 2

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