BBC Breakfast Interview of Richard Armitage Shares a Montage of Scenes from The Crucible, et cetera, July 15, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #602)

As one who will not be able to experience the exquisitely talented British actor Richard RichardArmitageinTheCrucible-vid-promo-May3014GratianaLovelaceCap-smlArmitage portray John Proctor in The Crucible in person, I was thrilled to see even a snippet of a few scenes montage in the BBC Breakfast interview broadcast yesterday:

“BBC Breakfast interview with Richard Armitage from today July 14, 2014.” a video by cassiopeia2006

The power of Richard Armitage’s deeply resonant voice and his taut body in total focus as John Proctor in The Crucible is intense and riveting. You believe that he is a man caught in a whirlwind of lies and hysteria spinning out of control–as he becomes powerless to do anything about it, let alone save himself. The symbolic washing of John Proctor’s hands and face–is a cleansing ritual with no redemptive power for Proctor. He is lost, finished, and sentenced to be executed–for a crime he did not commit, his guilt lying elsewhere. When Proctor moanfully cries “god is dead”, I can feel his desperation. I am still trembling.

I can’t even imagine how someone sustains that level of electrifying performance for three and a half hours, eight times a week. Many who have seen the play said that as an audience member, they are spent after experiencing the performance by Richard Armitage and Samantha Colley and the fine ensemble of actors around them. So the actors, themselves, have to be exhausted–emotionally and physically. In bringing Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible to life, the actors recreate a harrowing chapter in American history, that is as chilling with its parallels to modern times–the McCarthy era witchhunts of the 1950’s are but one example.

And since I live in Illinois–4,000 miles away from London–I will have to content myself with these screencaps that I made of The Crucible scenes montage from the BBC Interview:

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And add to the mix, RANet ( sharing a link to the Londonist that had a fabulous review of Richard Armitage portraying John Proctor in The Crucible (image right):

“Even more so, Richard Armitage’s flawless portrayal of John Proctor will stay with you for TheCrucible--RichardArmitage-andSamanthaColley_Jul1414JohanPersson-viaLondonist-sizeda lifetime. His version of the deeply troubled anti-hero may well rocket John Proctor into your mind as one of the greatest on-stage characters of modern times. He’s a fallen man, having inadvertently caused the whole witch-hunt via his adultery with the main ringleader Abigail Williams, played mercilessly, ruthlessly, with sparkling evil by Samantha Colley.

Armitage erupts with guilt, pride, regret and courage; the struggles of his psyche brought dazzlingly to life through the murky grey light of a beautifully stark, dark and barren set. His ultimate end is hard to watch, with the rawness of his inner turmoil painfully palpable.”


If you can, go see this play, The Crucible, at The Old Vic Theatre in London. Its performances run through September 13th, 2014.

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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12 Responses to BBC Breakfast Interview of Richard Armitage Shares a Montage of Scenes from The Crucible, et cetera, July 15, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #602)

  1. gratianads90 says:

    July 15, 2014–Thanks for liking this post!

    Herba, LadyButterfly, richardtreehouse, and Marie Astra


  2. gratianads90 says:

    July 15, 2014–Thanks to Richard Armitage France in B for sharing RACentral’s (Thanks!) audio file for Richard Armitage’s BBC Radio 2 interview!

    Here is that link:


  3. gratianads90 says:

    July 16, 2014–Servetus shares several tweet caps of glowing July 15th audience reviews from of Richard Armitage in The Crucible:

    My comment on her post:
    Thanks so much for collecting these glowing tweet caps together! I linked them in a comment on my Crucible post.

    The continually outstanding reviews of Richard Armitage as John Proctor and the whole production of The Crucible by fans and theatre critics is a juggernaut that will hopefully lead to some award nominations–and possible awards–for them all.


  4. gratianads90 says:

    July 16, 2014–Perry (Thanks!) shares a new The Crucible cast photo (they look like they were in rehearsals) that I had forgotten about. Doh!


  5. gratianads90 says:

    July 16, 2014–Judit Hezser’s The Crucible experience, Part 1 on Fedoralady’s The Armitage Effect blog:


  6. gratianads90 says:

    July 16, 2014–richardtreehouse (Thanks!) tweeted a link to a Wall Street Journal review of The Crucible:


  7. gratianads90 says:

    Update: September 1, 2014–Here is the link for the “Unmissable” 5 star The Crucible poster from The Old Vic’s Facebook page (had to tweet the pic to get it to show):

    July 16, 2014–Isabelle W. shared a stunningly spare and beautiful The Crucible 5 Star Reviews poster–Unmissable–with Richard Armitage on it:


  8. July 18, 2014–Sexy scene between Proctor and Abigail alluded to in this glowing review of The Crucible. Oh my!

    RABlogger (Thanks!) tweeted this link to this article with rave reviews for Richard Armitage, Samantha Colley, and the whole production. Tiny mention of length for those with small bladders, and the raw intensity of the play being not for the faint of heart.


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  10. September 1, 2014–For a lovely overall review of The Crucible, please visit my reblog of the Richard Armitage France’s blog’s review (and then follow the link to their review):


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