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Miss Julie - Jermyn Street Theatre

Miss Julie

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HOWARD Brenton’s new version of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, which received rave reviews when it premiered at Theatre by The Lake in the summer, is transferring to Jermyn Street Theatre. Directed by Tom Littler, it runs from Tuesday, November 14 to Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Midsummer’s Eve, Sweden, 1888. A night when the sun doesn’t set. A night of drinking and dancing. A night to break the rules.

When Julie finds herself alone on her father’s estate, she gate-crashes the servants’ party. In the sultry heat of that long, light night, she finds herself in a dangerous tryst with her father’s manservant, Jean. A flirtatious game descends into a savage fight for survival.

The production stars Charlotte Hamblin (Downton Abbey, Dry Land, Jermyn Street Theatre), James Sheldon (The Dover Road, Jermyn Street Theatre) and Izabella Urbanowicz (After the Dance, Theatre by the Lake).

This is the first staging of Miss Julie in the West End since 1980.

The production reunites the trio of Brenton, Strindberg and Littler, after their acclaimed collaborations on Dances of Death (Gate Theatre) and Brenton’s play about Strindberg’s Inferno period, The Blinding Light, which opened the Escape Season at Jermyn Street Theatre and is running until October 14.

Miss Julie is the third play in Tom Littler’s premiere season as Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre. In addition to The Blinding Light, the Escape Season includes the forthcoming world premiere of Judith Burnley’s Anything That Flies, directed by Alice Hamilton and starring Issy Van Randwyck and Clive Merrison, and a co-production with the English Theatre Frankfurt of The Hound of the Baskervilles, directed by Lotte Wakeham which opens in December.

Tickets: £30, £20 concessions available for performances before Tuesday, November 21. Under 30: 100 £10 tickets also available before Tuesday, November 21. To book, call the box office on 0207 287 2875 or visit www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.