Watlington Players perform The Crucible this week at the village hall.

Members of Watlington Players take to the stage this week with haunting drama The Crucible.

The story revolves around the small town of Salem, Massachusetts, where 17-year-old Abigail Williams and a small group of other girls hold the town hostage by charging those who oppose them with witchcraft.

It leads to tragedy, fear and  panic after the teenager turns her attention towards the wife of farmer John Proctor following a romantic liaison.

The whole town faces an anxious wait to see if it is the next to be named as having ‘danced with the Devil’.

The Tony Award-winning play was written in the 1950s by American playwright Arthur Miller.

It has been directed by Ian Gooda who said: “You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more talented ensemble cast in any show this season.

“This is a powerful play that you will regret missing this Halloween season.”

The curtain went up yesterday and performances continue today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm at Watlington Village Hall.

Tickets cost £8 and can be booked online at: www.watlingtonplayers.com or by calling the box office on 0845 052 9645 between 6pm and 7pm.

Other forthcoming productions by the players include The Wizard of Oz family panto-style entertainment in January and the play, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying next June.