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The Crucible - (Seniors Age 12+) - Plot Summary: Act Three

Updated: Dec 21, 2020




3rd June 2020 - Cast Read-through

'The Crucible'... what happens when?


Here's a little recap on the main events of The Crucible. It's a good idea to learn what happens when, so that you can consider how elements of performance and design might change as the plot progresses.





Act Three - the court scene

  • John Proctor takes Mary Warren to court to tell the judges that the girls are lying.


  • Danforth, the main judge, tells John that Elizabeth is pregnant and won't be hanged.


  • Lots of villagers have signed a testimony to say that Elizabeth, Martha Corey and Rebecca Nurse aren't witches. Danforth orders everyone who signed it to be arrested.


  • Mary tells the court the girls are pretending to be bewitched. They start pretending that Mary has bewitched them.


  • John admits to his affair with Abigail to ruin her reputation. Elizabeth's brought in and asked if it's true. She denies it, which destroys John's case against Abigail.


  • The girls pretend that Mary's spirit is attacking them. She breaks down and accuses John of doing the Devil's work. John is arrested.



Lesson 1 - Introduction 1

Lesson 2 - Introduction 2

Lesson 3 - Who's Who

Lesson 4 - Plot Summary: Act One

Lesson 5 - Plot Summary: Act Two

Lesson 6 - Plot Summary: Act Three

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