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Lulu - LOST Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

The LOST Theatre is presenting the world premiere of Lulu – A Sex Tragedy, Oliver Jack and Patrick Wilde’s ‘thrilling’ new adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s plays Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box – from Wednesday, July 31 to Saturday, August 17, 2013.

Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box, first seen in 1895 and 1904, trace the story of a sexually-enticing dancer, Lulu, who rises in German society through her relationships with several wealthy men, but who later falls into poverty and prostitution.

The story has been interpreted many times since – often combined into one script – on TV and radio, as plays, musicals, operas and even on the 2011 album Lulu, a collaboration between rock musician Lou Reed and heavy metal band Metallica.

Many of the world’s great dramatists have since tried to unpick the academic, historical and human elements of Wedekind’s early plays.

Commissioned by LOST Theatre Artistic Director Mark Magill, Lulu – A Sex Tragedy is inspired by and adapted from the original texts, and strives to re-ignite the popularity of the original story while presenting it in a new format for a modern day audience.

Lulu will be directed by Oliver Jack, the LOST Theatre’s Director in Residence, who said;

“Since discovering Lulu while working as the assistant director on another adaptation of this tale, I’ve been obsessed with how current and relevant it still is. The academic attention that both writer and play has received has clouded and made more complex what is otherwise a fiercely gripping tale. We have tried to rediscover that story while building on it and making it relevant for a modern day audience. I hope that people will come away from this production with not only a fresh opinion of Wedekind and his work but also of the historical time period in which it was born.

“Too many revivals of plays from this period take too narrow an academic angle, the play becomes about a single issue rather than the plethora of issues that writers naturally weave into their real-life stories. These are the creations of writers who never lived to experience the destruction of two World Wars. They were writing during a time where money, beauty and pleasure were king. Or in other words… a world not so far from our own. I hope what has been achieved is a playfully irreverent modern retelling of one of the most beautiful and tragic stories I know.”

Award-winning stage and screenwriter Patrick Wilde’s credits include ground-breaking television such as This Life and As If, as well as established dramas such as EastEnders and Casualty. He also penned the feature film Get Real, an adaptation of his own play What’s Wrong With Angry?

Casting and more creatives have yet to be announced.

Tickets: £14, £10 concessions – available from the box office on 0844 847 1680 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday matinee at 3pm.