Players bring The Crucible to Banbury

The Crucible
The Crucible

The latest production by Banbury Cross Players has extra significance for its director.

Christine Garrett explained: “My first acting role was playing Abigail in a school production. I think the play is ageless, and as powerful now as when written,” about her role in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

The play concentrates on the fate of the key figures caught up in the hysteria and persecution of the 1692 Salem witch trials and Miller wrote the play as an allegory of 1950s McCarthyism, when the US government blacklisted accused communists.

Abigail Williams falls in love with married man, John Proctor. When Proctor tells Abigail he no longer loves her, Abigail states that John’s wife Elizabeth has bewitched her. Proctor realizes he has put his wife in danger and eventually confesses his affair with Abigail, attempting to clear his wife’s name.

The show at The Mill Arts Centre runs from Wednesday to Saturday November 2 to 5.

To book tickets in advance call the box office on 01295 279002 or visit