Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller’s classic American drama brought vividly to life in this visceral production by internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farberfrom the Old Vic in London.
The Crucible, one of the key social plays of the last century, is ostensibly about the trials and convictions in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. A community is knocked sideways by rumors of girls dancing naked in the woods, murdered babies, “enemies in the dark,” and even puppets stuffed with needles, one of which is produced as evidence in court.
One of the central themes emphasized throughout the play is that hysteria has the ability to tear lives apart while also having long-term repercussions. As we are still witnessing today especially on social media.
Armitage’s credits include the forthcoming film Into the Storm. Other film and TV credits include The Hobbit trilogy, Captain America: The First Avenger and Spooks. Theatre includes The Duchess of Malfi and Macbeth for the RSC.
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In a recent interview with Radio Times magazine, actor Richard Armitage causally came out while discussing his new Netflix series Obsession.
Armitage has long kept quiet about the subject and avoided discussing his personal life in interviews even as rumors began to swirl about Armitage’s sexuality after Sir Ian McKellen let slip that a number of his co-stars were gay, in The Hobbit including actors who played “two of the dwarves.”
Armitage reflected on coming out to the people in his life when he was a teen and why he didn’t want to talk about it publicly for so long:
“[Coming out] happened when I was 19–to anybody who mattered–and I was always waiting for that question to punch me in the face, and it never did,” Armitage says. “I thought, ‘Are people being polite, or is it that they don’t want to know?’”
He continues: “I don’t know that I ever wanted to put myself in front of the work I was doing, anything about my family or personal life. I just thought, ‘Let the work speak for itself. If I declare who I am and my sexuality, then I’m saying it’s fixed and I don’t know that, or if I might feel something for somebody further down the line. I doubt it, but I don’t know. It’s more relaxed now. As a writer and producer, I do wonder if anybody has to be defined by who they’re in love with.”
“I love the conversation with the younger generation. I love the idea that whatever gender, sexuality, the fluidity of who you love, how you identify, is not fixed. That was always a thing: If I declare who I am and my sexuality, then I’m saying it’s fixed and I don’t know that, or if I might feel something for somebody further down the line. I doubt it, but I don’t know. It’s more relaxed now. As a writer and producer, I do wonder if anybody has to be defined by who they’re in love with.”