It didn’t take long for the “No Vacancy” sign to go back up at the Jujamcyn-owned Walter Kerr Theatre. Producer Scott Rudin announced Wednesday afternoon that a revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible will move into the theater where Tony-winner A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder is set to shutter on January 3.
Performances in the 20-week run, with a cast led by Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Paddington) as John Proctor, Sophie Okonedo (Broadway’s A Raisin In The Sun) as Elizabeth Proctor, Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as Abigail Williams, and Ciarán Hinds (Broadway’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof) as Deputy-Governor Danforth, are slated to begin February 29, 2016, with opening night April 7.
The 1953 Miller play, a masterpiece widely regarded as a parable mirroring the Communist witch hunts of the American 1940s and ’50s, will be staged by Belgian director Ivo van Hove and marks the season’s second Miller revival in the playwright’s centenary, following A View From The Bridge. View begins performances October 21 at the Shubert-owned Lyceum Theatre, and is co-produced by Rudin (whose fall slate also includes the release of the film Steve Jobs).
While View is a transfer from London’s Young Vic, The Crucible is a new production and will feature original music composed by Philip Glass, set and lighting by Jan Versweyveld and costumes by Wojciech Dziedzic. The most frequently produced of Miller’s plays, The Crucible was last presented on Broadway in a 2002 revival staged by Richard Eyre and starring Laura Linney and Liam Neeson.
The new production will also star Bill Camp, Jim Norton, Tavi Gevinson (the young co-star of last season’s This Is Our Youth) and Jason Butler Harner.