As one of the many who will not be able to travel to London to see the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage portray John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at The Old Vic, all pictures of the production spark my interest and enthusiasm.
So fan pictures of the theatre before or at the end of performances have been fabulous glimpses into the beauty of The Old Vic Theatre (see link below):
And the evocative ambience and tone of The Crucible as directed by acclaimed Director Yale Farber, Designer by Soutra Gilmour, and the rest of the creative team looks to be eerily suggestive of time and place (see link below):
And finally, the Rex Features (Thanks to Richard Armitage France for tweeting the link!) page of The Crucible’s stunning rehearsal scene shots in costume (sans an audience) from June 26th are mesmerizing (Kudos to photographer Alastair Muir):
The raw physicality of the production that has been alluded to by theatre goer accounts is brought to vivid illustration by the image of newcomer Samantha Colley making her professional debut portraying Abigail Williams leaping into the air (below left) like a frenzied gazelle. OMG!
And then we have image of the gentlemanly (in real life) Richard Armitage portraying the visceral emotions of John Proctor literally and figuratively fighting (above right) with his former lover and current accuser/tormentor Abigail Williams as if his life depended up on it–which, of course, it does.
And from an earlier release of rehearsal photos from the gallery on RANET (right) —also found on The Old Vic Facebook page–at right in another compelling image of Richard Armitage as John Proctor fighting with Samantha Colley as Abigail Williams is another example of the dramatic nature of this production.
The Old Vic’s production of The Crucible is must see theatre at its very best. It runs through September 13th.
Merciful heavens! I so hope that The Old Vic brings this production of The Crucible with Richard Armitage and the whole cast for a limited run on Broadway in NYC! I will be there in a heart beat to experience this wonderful production in person.