“I am not sure what “The Crucible” is telling people now, but I know that its paranoid centre is still pumping out the same darkly attractive warning that it did in the fifties.” – Arthur Miller, 1996

This faithful, contemporary production brings Arthur Miller’s classic play to life on The PumpHouse Theatre stage for a strictly limited season.

Using the Salem, Massachusetts Witch Trials of 1692 as the historical basis for an allegorical warning against consequences of false accusations and baseless rumour, Miller responded to the era of McCarthyism and the US Government persecution of those accused of having communist sympathies.

But in the age of internet rumours, social media and cancel culture the fundamental elements of hysteria, accusation and blind faith are still hugely relevant in our society today.

Run Time: approx. 180mins (inc interval)


Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th August at 7:30pm

Sunday 15th August at 4:00pm

Ticket Prices

Adults $28.00
Senior/Student/Group $25.00
Friends of The PumpHouse $24.00

Special School Prices

For details of special school group pricing, please email hello@foolishwit.com

How to Book

Book online at pumphouse.co.nz or call 09 489 8360

Door Sales subject to availability from one hour prior to each performance.

The Crucible is presented by Foolish Wit Theatre by arrangement with Music Theatre International Australasia Pty Ltd on behalf of Dramatists Play Service Inc.


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