The Crucible

    • 2.6 • 7 Ratings
    • £3.99

    • £3.99

Publisher Description

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

Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley, Jr., Hector Elizondo, full cast
hr min
25 July
L.A. Theatre Works

Customer Reviews

Tierney95 ,

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.

TOMAS5000 ,


It misses out too much of the text. No good for learning lines. Very disappointed.

JacobMornington ,


Does miss out some lines but still useful