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For some reason, ‘The Crucible’ was staged twice this academic year. Here is my review of the second one, a large-scale production put on at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. Tonight is the final performance, and it’s worth your time.
February 2015 marks the ten-year anniversary of the death of playwright Arthur Miller, so a large-scale performance of his work during this month is no surprise. Of course Miller’s compelling play The Crucible, about the Salem witch trials (and by extension about all instances of mass hysteria and impossible court trials) is the first that comes to mind. However, the choice to stage The Crucible is a little awkwardly timed: St Hilda’s Drama Society had just put on this particular play in Michaelmas, which The Oxford Culture Review reviewed here. Staged in the Sheldonian Theatre, with original music composed by Alexander Ho and supported by a huge crew, does Christ Church Dramatic Society and Oxford Innovative Theatre Company’s performance outshine St Hilda’s small-scale but powerful production from last November?
The Sheldonian Theatre offers many opportunities for original use of the stage. The full cast is almost constantly present…
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