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The Yard to produce gender-swapped version of The Crucible with female John Proctor

The Crucible will run at the Yard in 2-19 with a female-led cast
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The Yard Theatre in east London will stage a new version of The Crucible next year, in which the lead character of John Proctor will be played by a woman.

It is being described as the theatre’s biggest production to date, and will be the first time it has produced a classic text by a non-living writer.

The Arthur Miller play will feature a female-led cast, and will be directed by the Yard’s artistic director Jay Miller.

John Proctor, the character played by Richard Armitage at the Old Vic in 2014 and by Ben Whishaw on Broadway in 2016, will be gender-swapped for this version.

Miller said the updated production would offer a new interpretation on the themes of the play, which is inspired by the 17th-century Salem witch trials and explores the ideas of hysteria and distrust.

“We need to look back in order to move forward. Interrogating the canon, bringing new voices into dialogue with it, reimagining the future through a look back at the past. The Crucible speaks of a world torn apart, a community that, driven by fear, becomes isolated individuals, scared, and desperate to protect themselves. This speaks powerfully to today,” Miller added.

The Crucible runs at the Yard in Hackney Wick from March 27 to May 11, with press night on April 2.

It will reunite the creative team behind the theatre’s 2017 production of This Beautiful Future. This includes set by Cecile Tremolieres, sound by Josh Anio Griggs, lighting by Jess Bernberg and music by Jonah Brody.

Casting will be by Sophie Parrott.