The Crucible

by Arthur Miller
Directed by Laurence Olivier

The National Theatre

The Old Vic - First performance 19th January
1965

  • Betty Parris . . . . . . Janina Faye
    Reverend Samuel Parris . . . . . . Kenneth Mackintosh
    Tituba . . . . . . Pearl Prescod
    Abigail Williams . . . . . . Louise Purnell
    Susanna Walcott . . . . . . Janie Booth
    Goodwife Ann Putnam . . . . . . Barbara Hicks
    Thomas Putnam . . . . . . Trevor Martin
    Mercy Lewis . . . . . . Sheila Reid
    Mary Warren . . . . . . Jeanne Hepple
    John Proctor . . . . . . Colin Blakely
    Goodwife Rebecca Nurse . . . . . . Wynne Clark
    Giles Corey . . . . . . Frank Finlay
    Reverend John Hale . . . . . . Robert Lang
    Goodwife Elizabeth Proctor . . . . . . Joyce Redman
    Francis Nurse . . . . . . Keith Marsh
    Ezekiel Cheever . . . . . . Michael Turner
    Marshal Herrick . . . . . . Mike Gambon
    Deputies . . . . . . Terence Knapp
    L Robert Russell
    Judge Hathorne . . . . . . Peter Callier
    Deputy-Governor Danforth . . . . . . Anthony Nicholls


    There were a few cast changes on the production, Sarah Miles originally played Abigail Williams. The play was a critical success and Arthur Miller said at the time that it was the best production of his play to date. He also claimed that British actors had a better understanding of the language and accent than American actors.

    Cast List below...