1970 – “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller

Posted on: January 13, 1970

In the Puritan New England town Salem a group of girls is discovered dancing in the forest by Reverend Parris. Among the girls are his niece Abigail and his daughter Betty, who fainst upon being discovered. The girls are brought back to town and rumours of witchcraft emerge. When Betty wakes, Abigail accuses other women in town of being guilty of witchcraft and Betty sustains her claim.
John Proctor, who previously had an affair with Abigail, tries to convince her to retract her accusations, as his wife is among the accused women. Abigail refuses and the trials ensue.
In an uproar John Proctor admits to the affair with Abigail and claims she is only accusing the other women to get back at him. When John’s wife Elizabeth however denies the affair to preserve John’s honor he is ultimately accused of witchcraft and incarcerated.


Betty ParrisDorothea Schneiderbauer
Rev. Samuel ParrisFranz Hasenrader
Tituba (his slave)Angelika Jaksch
Abigail Williams (his niece)Susan Curtis
Susanna WalcottGerlinde Kaserer
Mrs. Ann PutnamMargot Sturm
Mr. Thomas PutnamKarl Hubmayer
Mercy Lewis (their maid)Maria Böhm
Mary WarrenIlse Lackenbauer
John Proctor (a farmer)Adolf Wimmer
Rebecca NurseDeborah Kent
Giles CoreyGernot Pflüger
Rev. John HaleStephen Curtis
Elizabeth ProctorRoswitha Schreilechner
Francis NurseJosef Dobesberger
Ezekiel CheeverKurt Arrer
Marshall HerrickJames Thayer
Judge HathorneHeinz Friedrich
Deputy-Governor DanforthWolfgang Peschat

Original casting saw Wolfgang Peschat as Ezekiel Cheever and Alfred Ortmayr as Deputy-Governor Danforth. Due to the sudden illness of Mr. Ortmayr the roles were re-cast as above.


ProducerStephen Curtis
Set-DesignerUlf Prack
Business ManagerWolfgang Peschat
Costume DesignerSusan Curtis
Sound EffectsNorbert Müller
LightingKarl Schimpl
Kurt Krammer
PrompterKurt Arrer
Property MistressMarlis Haider
assisted by Gerlinde Kaserer
Assistant Set-DesignerSylvia Stehlik
PhotographsJames Thayer
Programme NotesWilfried Wieden

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