The Most Anticipated Production Of The Year Premieres Tonight At The Manoel Theatre

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Salem's witch trials might've happened over 300 years ago, but their effects and implications are still being felt today in other issues. In 1953, for example, American playwright Arthur Miller had used the notorious trials to draw comparisons with the post-war prosecution of communists. 65 years alter, Miller's The Crucible will be coming to Malta.

One of this season’s most awaited production at the Manoel Theatre, The Crucible will be shown tonight right up to Sunday 20th May.

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The Crucible had been written in response to the 1950s McCarthyist trials, which Miller felt the US was mishandling much like it had done with the Salem witch trials of 1692. 

This work is still relevant to this day because, as always, theatrical plays bounce off society onto the viewers, making them reflect about power, fear, deceit, love and cruelty. 

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Witch hunts and communism are however not the only fascinating thing about The Manoel Theatre's latest addition. Directed by Sean Buhagiar, the play will also be presenting young local talent to the scene. The Crucible is said to be one of the major theatrical plays this season, with the 25-actor cast ranging from veteran actors to fresh actors still making their way to the stage. 

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This talent can be seen from the new actors and actresses, to the music itself. The set was designed by Austin Camilleri, while the costumes were designed by fashion and textile designer Sef Farruġia. 

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This exciting production will also bring about foreign talents like Moritz Zavan Stoeckle on lighting, while sound will be composed by the exciting local musician Yasmin Kuymizakis, who has been making waves in the local alternative scene with her experimental sounds for more than five years now.

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The Crucible is the first work wholly envisioned by the Manoel Theatre production team in decades, and marks the start of the theatre's Artistic Director's plans to regularly stage adaptations (both old and new). The Manoel Theatre hopes to become a hub for local artists and professionals to delve into the artistry of dramatic literature, as well as raise the bar of the Maltese acting scene. 

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The performance starts tonight at 8pm, and tickets can still be purchased here

You can also book your tickets by calling on 2124 6389 or by sending an email to bookings@teatrumanoel.com.mt.

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Chiara Micallef

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