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Operation Crucible

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging

About the show

After a successful run as part of 59E59's 2018 'Brits Off Broadway' series, this drama about four ordinary men who survive the Sheffield Blitz of World War II, returns Off Broadway. More…

"Operation Crucible" (code named by the Germans referring to its unique 18th century steelmaking) is based on the true story of the December 12, 1940 bombing of the Marples Hotel in the industrial city of Sheffield. It took only one German bomb to decimate the seven-story hotel into mere rubble. Unbelievably, four men survived the attack, only to be trapped in one of the hotel’s remaining and intact cellars. "Operation Crucible" is their story.

Member Reviews (94)


Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging
Avg Score

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You like intense ensemble acting with no star turns.

Don't see it if You're not good with British accents, don't like out of sequence work, and need a full set.

During previews
Great acting, Interesting, Confusing

See it if If you like world war 2 stories

Don't see it if If you want a big show

Also The acting was great. The 4 men were all really good. The story jumped... Read more Read less

During previews
Powerful, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you're interested in the events surrounding the Blitz and/or well crafted, one act plays

Don't see it if you're looking for something purely light-hearted as this does deal with the harsh realities of war

During previews
Intense, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like small productions, minimalistic staging, good use of lights & sound to spark your imagination. Requires much concentration

Don't see it if You want a linear story - story jumped around & already difficult to follow due to accents. Had to concentrate too hard on dialogue

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if plays about the effects of war and human resilience presented in a clever and dynamic production interest you.

Don't see it if plays about the horrors of war do not appeal to you.

During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if Interested in a production about the cruelties of war.

Don't see it if It’s a musical uplifting story you are interested in

During previews
Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the history and atmosphere of Northern England during war time, and the years before WWII; enjoy acting performances.

Don't see it if you have combat PTSD (there are some sudden and loud sounds of bombing in the play); have difficulty following northern English accent and

Also somewhat confusing way of telling the story (four characters interject... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in WWI

Don't see it if explosions or loud noises bother you

During previews
Explosive acting; gets the maximum out of minimum staging, Great value

See it if you enjoy brilliant unknown British actors; exciting drama; suspense

Don't see it if You need spectacle; have no interest in plays without big names

During previews
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Affecting

See it if real events told through the imagined voices of those who experienced them has emotional appeal, or if you admire the great 59E59 offerings.

Don't see it if you find stories of war and loss upsetting, have a hard time understand strong dialect, don't enjoy productions with minimal staging.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You enjoy a terrific ensemble cast describing life in the Sheffield steel mills before and during the German blitz destroying their city

Don't see it if You are depressed by realistic war stories and prefer light entertainment with lavish sets

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Confusing, Intense

See it if british WWII stories interest you. Great ensemble work & physical theatre. Tight story with interwoven character studies.

Don't see it if Need linear plots. Also had loud sound effects and a lot of scenes with low light which might be challenging for some folks.

During previews
Great acting, Epic, Slow

See it if If you like British plays and a sad story

Don't see it if If you don’t like heavy British accent

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You do not mind listening to not always easy to understand accents.

Don't see it if You want a fast paced straight forward drama.

During previews
Great acting, Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Powerful ensemble

See it if You appreciate simple productions, that does not require much fuss just acting chops.

Don't see it if You prefer less serious topics.

Also Great ensemble. Powerful performance from each cast. This gives you th... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if Very well acted and coordinated by actors.

Don't see it if If you don't mind not understanding most of the words

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you want to experience a bit of WWI Brit homefront

Don't see it if Your tastes are 100% conventional.

During previews
Strong ensemble cast, gripping story, evocative with a minimalist staging

See it if you like excellent ensemble acting, plays that evoke social history and give you a sense of time and place, you like British content!

Don't see it if You prefer a grand staging, elaborate props and costumes, you don't like war stories or all male casts

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Funny

See it if you want to see excellent actors in a moving, often funny, fundamentally dark play. The Northern English accents were a delight.

Don't see it if you have difficulties understanding Northern English accents, or are expecting an evening of light entertainment.

November 17th, 2018
“Knowles has molded and formed a fine piece of theater that shares with its audience not only this moment in time, but a doorway into the lives of the people who inhabited it. Delivered staccato, but melding together into musicality, the wonderfully crafted dialogue of the play reflects friendshi...
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November 14th, 2018
“The cast are superb individually and as a team. Their ensemble work is brilliant. Bryony Shanahan’s tight direction adds much to the production. The simple set and costumes by Sophia Simensky are apt. Seth Rook Williams’s low lighting is effective and Daniel Foxsmith’s sound design is appropriat...
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May 15th, 2018
for a previous production “Powerfully directed with a machine-tooled precision of its own by Shanahan, limits its point of view to that of four people...Captures so efficiently the dividing of war’s devastation. And it is all accomplished on a single simple set, with a cast of four and 80 minutes of stage time...Research ...
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May 15th, 2018
for a previous production “In this period of physical and spiritual darkness, the show's direction shines. Shanahan isn't afraid of murk any more than she is of silence...The ingenuity of the designers, director, and script is heightened by the cast. All convince as working-class Englishmen while remaining distinct person...
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