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Rehearsal Pics: Richard Armitage and cast prepare for The Crucible at the Old Vic

Pictures have been released showing ''Hobbit'' star rehearsing for the soon to open Miller play

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Set in the town of Salem, Massachusetts, where in 1692, 19 adults and two dogs were hanged for witchcraft, and one man was pressed to death for refusing to plead. The Crucible tells the story of one man's fight to save his identity in a repressive Puritan community.

Miller's play was inspired by the actions of The House Committee on Un-American Activities of the McCarthy era, in front of which the playwright was invited to give evidence. It was most recently seen in London at the Open Air Theatre in 2010, with Patrick O'Kane as Proctor.

Richard Armitage (Robin Hood, Spooks and The Hobbit) plays John Proctor and is joined by Anna Madeley (Earthquakes in London) as Elizabeth Proctor and newcomer Samantha Colley as Abigail Williams. The cast also includes Sarah Niles, Rebecca Saire and Zara White.

The Crucible is the third play in a new season of productions which are presented in-the-round at The Old Vic.

Join us on our hosted Outing to the show on 16 July and get a top-price ticket, free programme and drink all for £35