The Crucible (National Theatre)
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The Crucible (National Theatre)
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The Crucible (National Theatre) London Reviews and Tickets

78%
(25 Ratings)
Positive
84%
Mixed
16%
Negative
0%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Great staging

About the Show

A new staging of Arthur Miller's parable following the atrocities of the Salem witch trials.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (25)

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570 Reviews | 87 Followers
95
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like great actors doing a brilliant show.This show is as relevant today as it was when first written.We never seem to learn, do we?

Don't see it if you HATE over produced show.The rain pre-show is absurd and has ZERO to do with the story.It is an example of a theatre showing off.

58 Reviews | 5 Followers
84
Profound, Intense, Epic, Great acting

See it if You want to see a classic with a fab cast.

Don't see it if You struggle to keep concentration.

176 Reviews | 11 Followers
80
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A great, well written play. Superb production

Don't see it if Slow at the start, but worth the time.

494 Reviews | 123 Followers
79
Great writing, Spare staging, Static

See it if you haven't seen this Arthur Miller classic before.It's powerful, relevant and absorbing, overall well acted with some very memorable scenes

Don't see it if you're expecting some updated touches, or something new to say about this play. The director keeps it simple, spare & with little movement.

161 Reviews | 28 Followers
74
Great acting, Slow, Great writing

See it if you want to see a modern classic presented traditionally and faithfully. Time has taken none of this plays potency.

Don't see it if you’re expecting something groundbreaking. This seems to tread old ground and does so very slowly. Read more

122 Reviews | 14 Followers
63
Slow, Great acting

See it if You want a clear traditional take on THE CRUCIBLE

Don't see it if You are expecting a revelatory experience Read more

22 Reviews | 0 Followers
95
Entertaining, American classic, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see one of the finest American plays with an excellent emsemble led by Brendan Cowell & Erin Doherty; beautiful Es Devlin set

Don't see it if have narrow-minded religious sensibilities - the play shows how the marriage of church and state leads to disaster; the play is 3 hours long

36 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if You want a dramatic, powerful and compelling play. The staging is brilliant and the performances are strong.

Don't see it if You want something new - this is the same classic. But its done really well.

Critic Reviews (10)

The London Evening Standard
September 29th, 2022

"Turner’s production rolls over us with the remorseless, implacable intent of a bulldozer."
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Time Out London
September 29th, 2022

"It’s a bit like one of those remastered editions of classic albums: a little crisper, a little deeper, you can hear a few new sounds, but ultimately it’s great for the reasons it’s always been great."
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The Guardian (UK)
September 29th, 2022

"In terms of the drama itself, it is difficult for a play of this calibre to go awry...Still it kicks off with wobbles and appears like a play being performed by numbers at the start."
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The Telegraph (UK)
September 29th, 2022

"The evening builds an accumulating and harrowing sense of crushing internal logic and group-think."
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The Times (UK)
September 29th, 2022

"For all its moments of poetry, this is an evening that only intermittently delivers hushed terror."
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London Theatre
September 30th, 2022

"It’s an unforgettable opening to Lyndsey Turner’s magnificent revival of 'The Crucible,' setting up the chilling horror in which humanity turns in on itself with deadly consequences."
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The Stage (UK)
September 29th, 2022

"Miller’s vivid language rings out like a burnished bell. And the play’s discordant clamour is our own."
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The Independent (UK)
September 29th, 2022

"It’s a play of sensory beauty and moral ugliness, showing that no drug is more powerful than self-righteousness, whatever side you’re on."
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