House of the Dragon star Milly Alcock has landed her next lead role, swapping Westeros for the West End in the National Theatre’s production of The Crucible.
Alcock will be taking on the role of Abigail Williams, one of the play’s leading characters, from June 7 through to September 2. Further casting is yet to be announced. The play will be directed by Olivier Award-winner Lyndsey Turner.
“To say it’s a dream come true to work on such an iconic play with such a distinguished theatre company is an understatement. I am beyond thrilled,” Alcock said in a statement.
Just announced: Milly Alcock will play Abigail Williams when @nationaltheatre‘s Olivier-nominated Best Revival of #TheCrucible comes to the West End this June.
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— The Crucible (@CrucibleOnStage) March 17, 2023
Written by playwright Arthur Miller in 1953, The Crucible tells the partly fictionalised story of the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail is part of a group of young girls who accuse fellow villagers of witchcraft to distract from the fact that they themselves are guilty of playing with magic.
“Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women suddenly find their words have a terrible power. As a climate of fear spreads through the community, private vendettas fuel public accusations and soon the truth itself is on trial,” the official synopsis for the production reads.
Alcock is best known for her role as young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in the HBO fantasy series House of the Dragon. The actress revealed last year that she was advised not to meet fellow Rhaenyra actor Emma D’Arcy before filming in order for the pair to not ‘mimic each-other.’
“We wanted to have a meeting with [director Miguel Sapochnik] and have a discussion about Rhaenyra’s progression as a character,” Alcock told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Miguel didn’t want us to meet – which was really interesting! [He] was like, ‘Just trust that you both have it.’ I think he was aware we would be trying to mimic each other.”