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    August Strindberg’s revolutionary play Miss Julie receives a contemporary revamp at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Julie plays for a limited season, with themes of classicism and divisions between the aristocracy and working class reinvented for modern audiences by Polly Stenham.

    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.

    Performance dates: 08 Sep 2018 - 08 Sep 2018

    Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes (without an interval)

    Age recommendation: Not suitable for children

    Special notice: European theatre and theatre history buffs won’t want to miss this adaptation of Strindberg’s masterpiece. Themes of social division and mobility are also particularly resonant to people with awareness of these issues today.

    Sorry this show closed 08 September 2018, we recommend these similar productions.

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    Latest audience reviews

    A fresh and current adaptation by a playwright at the top of her game. Brilliantly translated to the... More

    louisemmitt 05 Oct 2018

    A fresh and current adaptation by a playwright at the top of her game. Brilliantly translated to the stage. Kirby gives an outstanding performance as Julie.

    louisemmitt 05 Oct 2018
    alexandert3 20 May 2019

    I thought this was a 'reasonable' show, loosely based on August Strindberg's play 'Miss Julie' but nowhere... More

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer30 Aug 2018

    I thought this was a 'reasonable' show, loosely based on August Strindberg's play 'Miss Julie' but nowhere near as good. Fine acting performances particularly from Vanessa Kirby but I don't think it will be something I will remember in a few years' time! Good full use of the large Lyttelton stage as well.

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer30 Aug 2018

    The curtain opens to a Hello!-style kitchen, all anonymous, white doors, leading to cupboards or dishwashers.... More

    u2fancat Top 200 reviewer28 Aug 2018

    The curtain opens to a Hello!-style kitchen, all anonymous, white doors, leading to cupboards or dishwashers. A long wooden table with accompanying benches along the centre. Here, we meet the servants, working overtime to serve the needs of the guests at the Bacchanalian party upstairs, which is revealed to us on a higher level at the back. Julie, however, the daughter of the owner of the house, ends up more interested in spending time with the folks downstairs, particularly the dishy chauffeur... I found the lead-up to the seduction quite humdrum, although it would have been shocking in its day - the original on which this is based, Miss Julie, was written in 1888, when the daughter of the rich master would have been scandalised to have been caught in a relationship with a servant! The seduction itself is artfully done - and indeed, the whole depiction of the party, with party goers choreographed to depict wild abandon, is quite lovely to watch. However, the aftermath of the seduction, with its arguments and recriminations, was for me the highlight, as the poor little rich girl realises how poor she actually is. A striking, and at moments, shocking play, it runs for 1 hr and 20 minutes without interval. Recommended - I see why they changed some elements of the original story to be more contemporary.

    u2fancat Top 200 reviewer28 Aug 2018

    An electric re-imagining of a misogynistic classic.

    leahtozer 21 Aug 2018
    bowerhe 25 Oct 2018
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