Press: Cinema Nouveau Screens Critically-Acclaimed Production of Arthur Miller’s Play, the Crucible, Directed by South African Yaël Farber

February 26, 2015

“An extraordinary production…” – The Guardian

“Yaël Farber’s scorching production…” – The Mail on Sunday

“Miller’s parable of persecution at its most powerful and enthralling” – The Times



Cinema Nouveau is screening a production from The Old Vic in London for the first time, as it continues to bring some of the world’s best theatre to the big screen, for the enjoyment of South African audiences. The Crucible releases on Saturday, 14 March, at the four Cinema Nouveau sites, for limited screenings.


This production of The Crucible was filmed at The Old Vic Theatre in London in front of a live audience, and will have four screenings at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg (Rosebank Mall), Pretoria (Brooklyn Mall), Durban (Gateway) and Cape Town (V&A Waterfront) on 14, 18 and 19 March at 19:30, and on Sunday, 15 March at 14:30.


Based on Salem’s infamous witch trials, the play brings these events vividly to life in this visceral new production by South African-born and internationally-acclaimed director Yaël Farber.


In a small, tight-knit community in Salem, Massachusetts, personal grievances collide with lust and superstition, fuelling widespread hysteria. Miller’s timeless parable attacks the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.


With the production being made available to South African audiences, director Yaël Farber commented: “To know that South African audiences are able to see this production is testament to the exchange made possible by theatre in the medium of film. South Africa is where I am from. Our history renders the struggles of Salem familiar to us in many ways.”


“I am proud to know that this production will have unlimited life unimpeded by geography. It means my own community can witness what we achieved - and ultimately what Arthur Miller gifted us all with - irrespective of from where we hail.”


Richard Armitage stars as John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s classic American drama. His impressive film and TV credits include Into the Storm, The Hobbit trilogy, Captain America: The First Avenger and Spooks. His theatrical appearances include performances in The Duchess of Malfi and Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Acting alongside Armitage’s character is a stellar cast, including: Samantha Colley as Abigail, Anna Madeley as Elizabeth Proctor, Harry Attwell as Thomas Putnam, Michael Thomas as Reverend Parris, Marama Corlett as Betty Parris, Christopher Godwin as Judge Hathorne, Adrian Schiller as Reverend John Hale and Ann Firbank as Rebecca Nurse, among others.


Yaël Farber is a multiple award-winning director and playwright. Her production of Mies Julie won a string of international awards at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, was named one of the Top Ten Productions of 2012 by The New York Times, and featured in the Top Five Productions of 2012 by The Guardian.


Arthur Miller is one of America’s greatest playwrights. His many plays include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman and A View from the Bridge.


The Crucible was captured live at The Old Vic (London) by Digital Theatre during its sell-out 2014 season, for its global cinema release. The production will show in South African cinemas for four exclusive screenings:  14, 18 and 19 March at 19:30, and Sunday, 15 March at 14:30 – only at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.  Bookings are now open. The running time of this production is 3hrs 37mins, including a 10-min interval.


For information on Cinema Nouveau and The Crucible, download the Ster-Kinekor App on any Nokia, Samsung Android, iPhone or Blackberry smart phone for updates, news and to make a booking. Visit or Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz and on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. For queries, contact Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).


The discounts and benefits for cardholders of SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club loyalty clubs do apply for all live theatre productions. Special prices for school and group bookings are also available on request.


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