News: Milly Alcock makes West End debut in transfer of The Crucible

The National Theatre has announced that Milly Alcock will make her West End debut as Abigail in Lyndsey Turner’s acclaimed production of The Crucible.  Set designed by Es Devlin, this new production of Arthur Miller’s gripping parable of power and its abuse will play at the Gielgud Theatre from 7 June until 2 September after its successful run in the Olivier Theatre.  Further casting to be announced. 

Rising star Milly Alcock is most known for her role in the acclaimed HBO series, House of the Dragon, a prequel to George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones.  Starring alongside Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Olivia Cooke, Alcock earned a Critics’ Choice Award nomination (‘Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series’, 2023) for her performance as the young Rhaenyra Targaryen.  Alcock has also recently starred alongside Tim Minchin in his Australian comedy Upright for which she won the Casting Guild of Australia’s ‘Rising Star Award’ (2018) and a nomination for ‘Best Comedy Performer’ at Australia’s 10th AACTA Awards (2020).

The Crucible is nominated for ‘Best Revival’ and ‘Best Lighting Design’ by Tim Lutkin at this year’s Olivier Awards.

Milly Alcock said: “To say it’s a dream come true to work on such an iconic play with such a distinguished theatre company is an understatement.  I am beyond thrilled.”

A witch hunt is beginning in Salem. Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women suddenly find their words have a terrible power. As a climate of fear spreads through the community, private vendettas fuel public accusations and soon the truth itself is on trial.

Olivier Award-winner (ChimericaLyndsey Turner is an Associate of the National Theatre.  Her critically acclaimed production of The Crucible originally ran at the National Theatre in autumn 2022.  Other credits for the National Theatre include, Under Milk WoodTop GirlsLight Shining in BuckinghamshireThere is a War and Edgar and Annabel.  Other productions include, A Number at the Old Vic; Far AwayFaith Healer and Fathers and Sons at the Donmar Warehouse; Hamlet at the Barbican; The Treatment and Chimerica at the Almeida (including the West End transfer); and Girls and BoysPosh and Contractions at the Royal Court.

Tony Award®-winner Es Devlin recent theatre credits include The Lehman Trilogy, currently playing in the West End and A Number at the Old Vic, also directed by Lyndsey Turner.  Other recent work includes, Come Home Again at the Tate Modern and Conference of the Trees at COP26 in Glasgow.  Devlin has also conceived stage sculptures with Beyoncé, The Weekend, U2, Kanye West, Saint Laurent, Dior and the 2021 and 2022 Super Bowl halftime shows as well as Olympic Ceremonies in London and Rio.  Upcoming theatre work includes The Motive and the Cue and Dear England at the National Theatre.

Lyndsey Turner and Es Devlin are joined by, costume designer, Catherine Fay; lighting designer, Tim Lutkin; sound designer, Tingying Dong (content design); sound designer, Christopher Shutt (system design); composer and arranger, Caroline Shaw; music director and arranger, Osnat Schmool with casting by Alastair Coomer CDG and Naomi Downham. They are joined by associate director, Blythe Stewart; associate set designer, Ellie Wintour; associate lighting designer, Max Narula; fight director, Bret Yount; intimacy directors, Ita O’Brien and Louise Kempton; dialect coaches, Danièle Lydon and Hazel Holder and assistant music director, Alice Grant.

Photo: Emilia Staugaard

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