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The Crucible
Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play. This exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society.
Show Essentials
+ Ensemble


Cast Size: Large (21 or more performers)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast

Character Breakdown

Reverend Samuel Parris

The minister of Salem. A former merchant, Parris is obsessed with his reputation and frequently complains that the village does not pay him enough, earning him a great deal of scorn. 

Gender: male

The Parris family slave, Tituba was brought by Parris from Barbados when he moved to Salem and has served him since. 

Gender: female
Abigail Williams


The main antagonist of the play.[7] Abigail previously worked as a maid for Elizabeth Proctor. After Elizabeth suspected Abigail of having an illicit relationship with John Proctor, Williams was fired and disgraced. Using her status as Parris's niece to her advantage, she accuses countless citizens of witchcraft, becoming one of the most powerful people in Salem. Eventually, she flees Salem with her uncle's fortune rather than face the consequences of her actions.

Gender: female
Susanna Walcott

A servant

Gender: female
Ann Putnam

A rich and well-connected member of Salem's elite. She has one daughter, Ruth (in real life, Ann Putnam, Jr.), but has lost seven other children to illness. Believing witches to be responsible, she eagerly sides with Abigail. (In real life, Ann Putnam (née Carr) had twelve children, ten of whom survived their parents, who both died in 1699).

Gender: female
Thomas Putnam

One of the richest men in Salem. He is greedy and conniving, using the accusations as cover to purchase land seized from convicted witches.

Gender: male
Betty Parris

The ten-year-old daughter of Samuel Parris 

Gender: female
Mercy Lewis

Primary accuser. 

Gender: female
Mary Warren

The Proctor family's servant. 

Gender: female
John Proctor

The play's protagonist and husband of Elizabeth Proctor. A local farmer, John is known for his independence and temper, which often gets him into trouble with the authorities. 

Gender: male
Giles Corey

A close friend of Proctor's. He becomes convinced that the trials are being used to steal land from the guilty and presents evidence to prove his claim. 

(The character is based on a real person of the same name, who was also pressed when he would not plead guilty to charges of witchcraft.)

Gender: male
Rebecca Nurse

Although an elderly, respected member of the community, she is sentenced to death on charges of witchcraft (and, in the play, infanticide).

Gender: female
Reverend John Hale

A young minister from Beverly, Massachusetts, known for his knowledge of witchcraft. 

Gender: male
Elizabeth Proctor

John's wife. She is also accused of witchcraft, but is spared the death penalty due to being pregnant. 

Gender: female
Ezekiel Cheever

The clerk of Salem's General Court. 

Gender: male
George Herrick/John Willard

Herrick is the town marshal of Salem, and leads the effort to find and arrest those accused of witchcraft until he falls into despair and turns to alcoholism. 

Gender: male
Judge John Hathorne

One of the two judges presiding over the court. Hathorne is a deeply pious man whose blind faith in Abigail's trustworthiness is largely responsible for the destruction wrought by the trials.

Gender: male
Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth

The chief judge of the court. He views the proceedings as an opportunity to cement his power and influence, eagerly convicting anyone brought before him. 

Gender: male

Show History

THE CRUCIBLE was first presented by Kermit Bloomgarden at the Martin Beck Theatre, New York, on 22 January 1953. It was directed by Jed Harris, and the scenery was designed by Boris Aronson.