Last chance to see The Crucible at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 13:30 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:39 08 March 2017

Stephanie Abbasah and Ann-Marie Abbasah at Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch. Photo: Ann-Marie Abbasah

Stephanie Abbasah and Ann-Marie Abbasah at Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch. Photo: Ann-Marie Abbasah

Ann-Marie Abbasah

As soon as John Proctor climbed the steps towards his doom and the stage lights dimmed, my sister whipped round at me so fast I thought something was wrong.

The cast of The Crucible. Picture: Alessia Chinazzo.The cast of The Crucible. Picture: Alessia Chinazzo.

“That was the best piece of theatre I’ve ever seen,” she exclaimed.

“I’m not going to lie. I’ve seen loads and it’s a small theatre. That was great.”

Being movie buffs, Stephanie Abbasah and I have seen the film version of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible many times and having never seen the play, jumped at the chance to see it at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch.

From start to finish the performances had our avid attention.

The Crucible tells the tale of the infamous Salem witch trials where, after being found dancing in the woods, several young girls claim to be afflicted by witchcraft.

They accuse women in their town of belonging to the dark arts and their stories spin out of control.

The girls’ leader Abigail Williams makes accusations against the innocent wife of farmer John Proctor having had a brief affair with him.

And he becomes hell-bent on trying to get the community to see sense.

Directed by Douglas Rintoul, the cast transport the audience back to the 1700s where accusations were enough to strike fear and tear families apart.

The play’s run at the theatre ends on Saturday, which is also the last chance to buy a “jump the q” season pass which enable people to see all three spring shows (The Crucible, Worst Wedding Ever and Educating Rita) for the equivalent of £14 per show.

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