A GRIPPING classic was brought to the stage at the Queen’s Theatre in the form of The Crucible.

Arthur Miller’s story is set in late 17th century America, and tells the story of a community tangled up in a web of witchcraft and lies.

The audience is kept guessing throughout as to which way the tale will lead, and despite the length of the show (around three hours including the interval) the intensity never lets up.

Charlie Condou and Victoria Yeates, stars of Coronation Street and Call the Midwife respectively, looked at home on the Hornchurch stage.

But they were not the stars of the show – in fact, all of the cast should be praised for the quality of the acting.

A particularly powerful performance came from Eoin Slattery as John Proctor, who displayed a wide range of emotions throughout what was a challenging role.

Excellent supporting roles were also played by Cornelius Clarke as Reverend Parris, and Lucy Keirl who played his niece Abigail Williams.

This was a dark thriller but levity was brought by David Delve as Giles Corey.

The story, first written and performed in the 1950s, is one that still entertains today and is a captivating step back in time.

The Crucible is at the Queen’s Theatre until March 11.

For tickets call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or visit queens-theatre.co.uk.

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