Richard Armitage as John Proctor in The Crucible
When it was announced that Richard Armitage was going to star in a London production of The Crucible by Arthur Miller, I was incredibly excited. I assumed I would be able to go see him – London isn’t so far away. The timing though, turned out to be bad for me, because I am moving in July and have a lot of expenses. So spending a couple of thousand dollars just to go see Richard Armitage in a play didn’t seem like a good idea.
Well, I am someone who loves theater. I regularly go to Broadway to see shows that interest me. I am looking forward to seeing more NYC theater once my move is complete and I am living in NYC once again. Anyway, I decided that I would go to London. Plus I thought, wow, I can meet up with some Armitage fans who are also traveling to London to see the show. So I bought a ticket to the show and then started looking for flights and hotels. YIKES! I was horrified! The prices were astronomical!! So I decided not to go.
Then, The Crucible began previews. The reports came in. Intense, amazing, overwhelming. Then Richard decided to see all the fans who waited at the Stage Door. Oh my goodness. Could I pass this opportunity up? Well, dear readers, no. I couldn’t. Therefore I WILL be going to London in August to see The Crucible and to meet up with some dear friends. I am incredibly excited!!
Well, maybe not THAT excited!
My seat is front row. I am a little scared at being so close to the action. Normally I hate front row seats, but for this production, I think it will make it most exciting.
I can’t say I have any great knowledge of Arthur Miller, or the McCarthy hearings on which the play is based. I know a little bit about Salem and the witch hunts from my visit to Salem, which I wrote about previously. I have read the play and seen the Daniel Day Lewis version in the film. The pictures I have seen thus far of Richard Armitage as John Proctor look nothing like what I imagined from seeing those. He looks more intense, more emotional, more knowing than anything I imagined before. I think the Director of this play Yael Farber, knows what she is doing. And I can’t wait to see what she has cooked up.