In its depiction of Puritanism, most resembles Nathaniel Hawthorne's . Both works show that not only is Puritanism harsh and strict, but that this harshness makes it blind, cruel, hypocritical, and destructive. Hawthorne was actually a descendant of the notorious Judge Hathorne from the witch trials. Hawthorne added the "w" to his name to distance himself from the judge.
An indisputable masterpiece of twentieth century theatre is revisited in this landmark production, with David Wenham tackling one of the most challenging roles in the dramatic canon.
A dark magic possesses the Massachusetts town of Salem. The God-fearing citizens are on their guard – no one is beyond suspicion, indeed even the meekest neighbour could be consorting with the Devil. As investigations into witchcraft reach their highest pitch, a young woman points a condemning finger at Elizabeth, the blameless wife of John Proctor. But Proctor finds he cannot save her without unearthing his own black sin.
Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible at the height of the McCarthyist witch-hunts, but as the decades roll on it has emerged as a timeless classic – the notions of ‘accuser’ and ‘accused’ burning as fervently today as when it was written.
Arthur Miller was born to middle-class parents in 1915 in New York City. Miller was unintellectual as a boy, but decided to become a writer and attended the University of Michigan to study journalism. There, he received awards for his playwriting. His first play, opened in 1944. Miller had his first real success with (1947). (1949) made Miller a star. opened in 1952, and was considered an attack on the anti-Communist McCarthyism then raging in the United States. Miller himself was brought before Congress in 1956 and convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate. The conviction was eventually overturned.
The Crucible (1996)