Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo, Saoirse Ronan and Ciaran Hinds Set for THE CRUCIBLE Revival on Broadway; Dates Set!
Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE is headed back to Broadway just in time for what would be the playwright's 100th birthday.
BroadwayWorld has confirmed that Belgian helmer Ivo van Hove will direct the play, which is slated to begin previews on February 29, with an opening slated for April 7, 2016 and a run through July 17, 2016. No word yet on the venue.
Starring will be Ben Whishaw, from the West End's PETER AND ALICE, as John Proctor, A RAISIN IN THE SUN Tony winner Sophie Okonedo as his wife Elizabeth Proctor, ATONEMENT's Saoirse Ronan as Abigail Williams, and GAME OF THRONES and THE SEAFARER's Ciarán Hinds as Deputy-Governor Danforth.
Also in the cast are DEATH OF A SALESMAN's Bill Camp as Reverend John Hale, OF MICE AND MEN's Jim Norton as Giles Corey, THIS IS OUR YOUTH's Tavi Gevinson as Mary Warren, and THE COAST OF UTOPIA's Jason Butler Harner as Reverend Parris.
The production will have scenic and lighting design by longtime van Hove collaborator Jan Versweyveld, costume design by Wojciech Dziedzic, and an original score by Philip Glass. Additional casting and design team will be announced at a later date.
This will be the fifth revival of THE CRUCIBLE on the Great White Way; the most recent production was in 2002 with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. It is Miller's most produced play, set during the Salem witch trials in the early 1690s. It won the Tony Award for Best Play.
THE CRUCIBLE will mark the second Arthur Miller classic to be directed by Ivo van Hove on Broadway this season. It follows van Hove's Olivier Award winning production of Miller's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, which which begins previews on October 21 at the Lyceum Theatre. Scott Rudin will produce both productions.
Whishaw, who starred in Trevor Nunn's 2004 production of HAMLET at the Old Vic, is also known for his role in the TV series THE HOUR and has appeared on the big screen in PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER, I'M NOT THERE, BRIGHT STAR, CLOUD ATLAS, and as 'Q' in the James Bond movie SKYFALL. He also voiced 'Paddington Bear' in last year's PADDINGTON. He will soon be seen in SUFFRAGETTE and in the next Bond film SPECTRE.
Okonedo won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her run in A RAISIN IN THE SUN last year. She has also appeared in the West End in HAUNTED CHILD, as well as TROILUS AND CRESSIDA at the National. The actress was nominated for an Oscar for her role in HOTEL RWANDA and for a Golden Globe for the miniseries TSUNAMI: THE AFTERMATH.
Ronan is best known for her breakout role in 2007's ATONEMENT opposite James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, which earned her Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Among her other film credits are THE LOVELY BONES, HANNA, HOW I LIVE NOW and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.
Hinds has appeared in many works for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, and the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre. He recently starred in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF on Broadway and before that, in THE SEAFARER and CLOSER. Among his better known film credits are ROAD TO PERDITION, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and FROZEN. He is also well known for his role as 'Mance Rayder' in HBO's GAME OF THRONES.