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Arthur Miller's drama of power & persecution

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Scottish Ballet is set to bewitch us once again with the return of their award-winning production of The Crucible, after thrilling audiences in London and the USA.

The intense, visceral choreography in this edge-of-your-seat production unleashes the emotional force of Arthur Miller’s famous play about the 17th-century Salem witch trials. Tender, devastating duets are followed by intoxicating solos and wild, feverish ensemble numbers as the tight-knit village community unravels into chaos.

Choreographed by Helen Pickett, with stylish costumes, gothic lighting and a striking, modernist set designed by David Finn and Emma Kingsbury, the production is accompanied by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, performing Peter Salem’s haunting, immersive, electro-acoustic score.

With themes as resonant today as ever, Scottish Ballet’s The Crucible has been described as a ‘ballet for our times’ and is a masterclass in storytelling through dance.

Running time: The performance lasts approximately two hours including one 20-minute interval.



Tour Dates

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

17 April – 19 April 2025

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

1 May – 3 May 2025

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

22 May – 24 May 2025

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‘fierce and stark, with storytelling as taut as a stretched bowspring 

The Independent


casts a powerful spell…this Crucible belongs in the international repertoire’

Financial Times


captures the claustrophobia and darkness of a community lost inside itself’

The Scotsman



Arthur Miller


Helen Pickett

Artistic Collaborator

James Bonas

Set & Costume Design

Emma Kingsbury

Set & Lighting Design

David Finn

Associate Lighting Design

Scott Bolman



Act 1


On the verge of womanhood, a girl imagines her future. 

The Proctors’ house 

The girl, Abigail, works for the family of Elizabeth and John Proctor and becomes entangled in a dangerous relationship. 

Meeting House 

The community of Salem join together in a service of devotion and fellowship, led by Reverend Samuel Parris. 

Shadow Play 

Abigail and her friends, including Parris’ daughter, Betty, play at the edge of the village. 


The girls follow Tituba, Parris’ slave, into the forest. Abigail seeks a way to curse Elizabeth Proctor. As they dance, out of control, the girls are discovered by Reverend Parris. Betty collapses and is carried by her father to the Meeting House. 

Meeting House 

The community rallies. Reverend Hale, an expert in witchcraft, is summoned. In the process of trying to save Betty, a powerful force is unleashed in Salem as the girls begin to accuse people within the community of witchcraft. 

Act 2

Meeting House — Witch trial 

Events have progressed; as the community fragments, increasing numbers fall under suspicion. The Deputy Governor of Massachusetts, Danforth, leads the hearings. 

The Proctors’ House 

Abigail persuades the Proctors’ new servant, Mary, to store a poppet, a small doll made to look like Abigail herself, in the Proctors’ home. Unbeknownst to Mary, the poppet, stuck with a pin, serves as evidence of witchcraft. The authorities arrive with a search warrant, discover the poppet and accuse Elizabeth. Sure of her innocence, Elizabeth gives herself up for arrest so she may speak her truth in court. 

Meeting House — Court 

Given a choice between a confession or the noose, the prisoners holdfast to their truth. For Elizabeth and John Proctor, their private shame of John’s affair is made public and Abigail is exposed. However, in denying her husband’s affair, Elizabeth, unwittingly, condemns herself. 

Outskirts of the Village 

Unable to bear her humiliation, Abigail flees Salem. 


As the day of reckoning dawns for the citizens of Salem, John Proctor faces a terrible choice, should he save his life or his name. 

Behind the scenes

Find out about the women of the Crucible