The CrucibleThe Crucible
is a play
written and published by Arthur Miller
. It describes the witch trials
, an event that Miller used as an allegory
in the USA of the 1950s
. Miller was himself questioned by the House Un-American Activities Committee
The play was first performed on January 22, 1953 on Broadway, New York. The reviews of the first production were hostile, but a year later a new production succeeded and the play became a classic.
Cinematic versions of the play were produced in 1957 (Les Sorcières de Salem) and 1996.
John Proctor, Abigail Williams, Reverend John Hale, Elizabeth Proctor, Reverend Parris
Arthur Miller, Why I Wrote 'The Crucible': An artist's answer to politics, published in October 21 & 28th issue of The New Yorker, pages 158-164.
The Crucible is a theatre in Sheffield, England; see Crucible Theatre.