#Armitage fans – Burned by @DigitalTheatre’s Crucible?How to Help

At this stage, with no really helpful reply or action from Digital Theatre, I’m proposing that Richard Armitage fans make a concerted, signal-boosted effort to get @DigitalTheatre’s attention and action – through Twitter and Facebook. (Meanwhile, keep those emails going)

Many Richard Armitage fans, and probably other DT customers, have faced a frustrating time these past weeks trying to gain access to The Crucible on the DT website.  it started with change in Terms of Service, and hasn’t ended yet. The solution DT is proposing is just sending us around in circles, receiving the same useless email responses, IT order tickets, inaccessibility to the site, and most frustratingly – notices that they’re closed over a holiday that ended over a week ago.

It appears that although they are claiming a backlog – not ONE customer has had success. in accessing The Crucible or even getting resubscribed to the site.

You can check here , here  (read the comments) and search Twitter @DigitalTheatre  to read their feed and see for yourself the number of complaints, and lame responses, such as this one on Violet Dutchblogger’s FB page. Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 8.32.24 AM

Individual action doesn’t seem to be working; therefore, I’m proposing that we take concerted action on Twitter for those who are on Twitter, (@DigitalTheatre) and on their FB page (https://www.facebook.com/digitaltheatre/ )

Here are my ideas – I’m open to other suggestions:

What we need:

  1.  First- please start by boosting by bloggers and  retweets, this notification to fans so we can reach as many as possible  way beyond my own followers. For this, the hashtag #RichardArmitage is necessary.
  2. a 40 character Tweet  (also suitable as a message on their FB page) to @DigitalTheatre with #TheCrucible setting forth our collective frustration about their poor customer practices and empty promises.
  3. or an attachment to a tweet in the form of an image that is more complete and expresses our dissatisfaction.
  4. Once we have our Tweets and FB comments in place, a window of time when we can all post -say 3 hours during the UK work day. Tweets can be scheduled for anytime you want using the Twitter app ( I think).
  5. Signal boosting and retweeting of these tweets and FB messages during the selected time period.

Please let us know through Twitter (@Perry3220) or comments here ( even if you don’t usually comment here) whether (a) you have a better idea and (b) whether you have a good 40 character tweet we can use or (c) whether you want to draft a note that can be used as a FB message and image attachment to a tweet.

Let’s face it, and DT should face it also – if they don’t come up with a workable solution soon, it is inevitable that The Crucible will be pirated ( if it hasn’t already) and this fandom will make sure that any fans who want it, will finally get it for their own private libraries. We have some of the most tech savvy fans around, and a very strong underground backchannel. We paid for it – we should own it, but we’re willing to work with DT’s promise of long term access.



Richard Armitage Sat Here, and he Wants to Chair With Someone Lucky (And Rich)

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DT Makes Richard Armitage on Stage Crucible Conversation Available for Rental or Purchase (Again?)

I thought this happened already, or maybe DT took it off the website for a while. Anyway, it’s available now for purchase or rental from DT.Richard-Armitage-in-Conversation-final-gallery-prod-headbg

Ciarián Hinds to Play Danforth in The Crucible on Broadway ( With Whishaw)

here  I recall posting about this revival a while back, here    at a time when I don’t think the entire cast was revealed.

Hello LinnetMoss?? Are you listening?

The Crucible Coming to Broadway – No, Not THAT Crucible.

I just picked this up from a tweet by NYCPat. The article is here from Playbill. I can’t help wondering if this new production has some bearing on the Licensing Rights issues that prevented the Digital Theatre filmed version with Richard Armitage,  from making its way to the U.S.

Note that the article cites the most recent revivals the 2002 version with Liam Neeson. Maybe Playbill  just sticks to Broadway Productions for their history, as we must all have noted the omission of the latest, and most successful revival at The Old Vic.

FYI, the proposed director ( not named, but only hinted at in the article) is Ivo Van Hove, a Belgian,  best known for his avant garde experimental theater productions, See also here

By Andrew Gans
21 May 2015

Scott Rudin, currently represented on Broadway with Skylight, The Audience and Fish in the Dark, will produce a Broadway revival of Arthur Miller‘s Salem-set The Crucible in 2016.

According to an Actors’ Equity casting notice, rehearsals will begin in January 2016 with a first preview currently scheduled for Feb. 29. The production will play a limited engagement through July 17.

The casting directors are Heidi Griffiths and Zoe Rotter.

Neither a director nor a theatre has been named.

Miller’s award-winning drama, according to the casting notice, is described as such: “In the tight-knit, Puritan town of Salem, a group of girls are discovered dancing in the woods and then immediately fall ill. When no earthly cause can be identified, fear and suspicion begin to percolate in the small, isolated community, that something larger, more fearsome, and other worldly may be to blame. Buried secrets and resentments are brought to light, and attempts to root out evil lead to finger-pointing, treachery, and betrayal. When everyone is a suspect, sometimes the most dangerous threat to the community may be the community itself.”

The Crucible debuted on Broadway in January 1953, winning the Tony for Best Play. The most recent revival, directed by Richard Eyre in 2002, co-starred Laura Linney and Liam Neeson.

An official announcement about the Broadway revival has yet to be made.