In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town. In a searing portrait of a community engulfed by panic—with ruthless prosecutors, and neighbors eager to testify against neighbor—The Crucible famously mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria that held the United States in its grip in the 1950’s. A Tony Award Winner for Best Play. A BBC and KCRW co-production.
Recorded at Culver Studios, Culver City in March 1988.
Directed by Martin Jenkins.
Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg
An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance starring:
Irene Aranga as Mercy Lewis
René Auberjonois as Deputy Governor Danforth
Ed Begley Jr. as Thomas Putnam
Georgia Brown as Rebecca Nurse
Jack Coleman as Marshal Herrick
Bud Cort as Ezekiel Cheever
Richard Dreyfuss as Reverend John Hale
Héctor Elizondo as Giles Corey
Judyann Elder as Tituba
Fionnula Flanagan as Elizabeth Proctor
Ann Hearne as Susanna Walcott
Carol Kane as Mary Warren
Stacey Keach as John Proctor
Anna Sophie Loewenberg as Betty Parris
Marian Mercer as Mrs. Ann Putnam
Franklyn Seales as Judge Hathorne
Madolyn Smith as Abigail Williams
Joe Spano as Francis Nurse
Michael York as Reverend Parris
Useful for GCSE students, but not great
Finding this very useful to listen to whilst reading along with the text, providing a means of actually visualising both the play and the characters.
However, it clearly misses out lines- which is mildly irritating at most, but does not hinder you from getting the overall picture.
I find that some words have been replaced to give a better representation of the story to first time listeners, with 'her' and 'they' sometimes being replaced with character names. This, along with the missing lines, probably renders it totally useless if you are trying to learn lines or something like that.
The 'dramatisation' is quite annoying at times, with some characters speaking much too fast or far too quietly. Sound effects in the background sometimes drown out the character voices, leaving you a bit confused if you're not concentrating.
It misses out too much of the text. No good for learning lines. Very disappointed.
Does miss out some lines but still useful