Goody news! The Broadway coven is expanding with a new revival of The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s classic drama/bonechiller about the Salem witch trials, set to premiere on Broadway this spring in a 20-week limited engagement.
As expected, Sophie Okonedo, a Tony winner for 2014’s A Raisin in the Sun, will play Elizabeth Proctor, the wife of tragic hero John Proctor, played by Ben Whishaw. Saoirse Ronan makes her Broadway debut as selfish accuser Abigail Williams, and Ciaran Hinds will oversee the trial as Deputy Governor Danforth.
The cast also includes Bill Camp as Reverend John Hale, Jim Norton as Giles Corey, Tavi Gevinson as Mary Warren, and Jason Butler Harner as Reverend Parris.
The classic 1953 allegory to McCarthyism follows the treachery and hysteria of the witch trials that captured the Massachusetts town of Salem in the late 1690s. Central among the trials is Abigail, who accuses the women in Salem of witchcraft as a way to conceal her affair with her former employer John Proctor from, among others, his sickly wife Elizabeth.
Scott Rudin produces the new production, which will be directed by Ivo van Hove (who is also directing the Rudin-produced revival of A View From the Bridge, also coming to Broadway this year). Philip Glass will compose a new score, with scenic/lighting design by Jan Versweyveld and costume design by Wojciech Dziedzic. The production marks the fifth Broadway revival of the play, which was last produced in 2002 with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.
The Crucible begins previews on Feb. 29 with opening night set for April 7.