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Tom Morris to direct The Crucible as part of Bristol Old Vic’s new season

Tom Morris will direct The Crucible as part of Bristol Old Vic's new season.
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Bristol Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris is to helm a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible as part of the venue’s autumn and winter season.

The season also includes the world premiere of Life Raft by Fin Kennedy and Complicite’s The Encounter.

The Crucible, which received its UK premiere at the theatre in 1954, will run at the Bristol Old Vic from October 8 to November 7, with press night on October 14.

It will have costume design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Richard Howell, and sound design by Dave Price.

George Mann will be the production’s associate director. The theatre said it would seat audience members on the stage to bring them “startlingly close to the action”.

Kennedy’s Life Raft, adapted from Georg Kaiser’s The Raft of the Medusa, runs from September 3 to 5, with press night on September 4.

It will be directed by Melly Still and will feature a cast of 13 young performers from the south-west.

Also in the season is Complicite’s The Encounter, directed by Simon McBurney, which will play at the theatre from September 18 to 20, directly after its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Actors Touring Company and the Unicorn Theatre will produce Martyr, written by Marius von Mayenburg, translated by Maja Zade and directed by Ramin Gray. This runs from September 9 to 12.

Elsewhere, Little Bulb and Battersea Arts Centre’s Orpheus runs from September 23 to 26 as part of a UK tour.

Little Bulb also brings The Night That Autumn Turned to Winter in the studio space from November 26 to January 10.

In the studio, Theatre503 and the Bristol Old Vic will also stage And Then Come the Nightjars, by Bea Roberts, from October 6 to 17.

The theatre’s Christmas show will be Sleeping Beauty, directed by Sally Cookson, which runs from November 27 to January 15, with press night on December 2.



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