Vanessa Kirby stars in August Strindberg’s revolutionary play Miss Julie, which receives a contemporary revamp at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre. Julie is directed by Carrie Cracknell, the production follows newly single Julie as a power struggle and fight for survival ensues, set against the backdrop of a sensational party.
As the uninhibited and newly single Julie’s sensational party winds down, Jean and Kristen clean up the kitchen below. Soon, Julie arrives in the kitchen and dangerous power games ensue, quickly spiralling into a fight to the death. Manipulation, brutality and class conflict come into play in this shocking and surprisingly relevant story.
Vanessa Kirby stars as Julie, after recently appearing as Princess Margaret in Netflix’s The Crown. Kirby boasts impressive stage credits across the Octagon Theatre Bolton, the National Theatre and the Young Vic, with screen credits including The Dresser, About Time and Kill Command.
Further casting includes Thomasin Gulgec, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Dak Mashava, Michela Meazza, Beatriz Meireles, Ashley Morgan-Davies, Yuyu Rau, Petra Soor and Thalissa Teixeira.
Julie is written by Polly Stenham (That Face) and directed by Carrie Cracknell, who was appointed joint Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre at the age of 26. Since then, Cracknell’s credits have included staging plays at the Young Vic, the Royal Court and the Almeida Theatre. The production features design by Tom Scutt, lighting design by Guy Hoare and sound design by Christopher Shutt, with movement direction by Ann Yee and music by Stuart Earl.
Miss Julie is a seminal play in the European theatre canon and this electrifying new adaptation is guaranteed to resonate with modern-day audiences. not to be missed. Julie runs at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton stage for a strictly limited season, from 31 May to 4 August 2018, with a press night on 7 June 2018.