The Crucible opens at Abington Park Museum’s Courtyard

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One of Arthur Miller’s most famous plays comes to Northampton this week marking the 400th anniversary of the last witch trials.

The Looking Glass Theatre is behind the new production of the play, which is based on real events and concerns the hanging of suspected witches in the Puritan New England town of Salem, Massachusetts, in the United States of America during the 17th Century.

In this story, a group of girls spark a witch-hunt which has devastating consequences throughout their community.

Miller wrote the play as an allegory of McCarthyism, when the U.S. Government blacklisted accused communists.

The production, which started yesterday, is being performed on the 400th anniversary of the last witch trial in Britain, which took place in Northampton in 1612.

It has been produced by James J. Smith, is directed by Jonathan Duff and designed by Paul Beasley.

The show starts tonight and can be seen until Saturday, September 22, and then from Wednesday, September 26 to Saturday, September 29.

Shows start at 7.45pm. The matinee is on Thursday, September 27 at 2.30pm at the Open Air Theatre at Abington Park Museum’s Courtyard.

Tickets cost £10 and £8 (also available on the door).

For further information visit: www.lookingglass, email: or call 07711 540546.

The theatre also run a Theatre School for children aged from seven to 18-years-old and an adult acting group.