The New Wolsey Theatre is to host a World Premiere of an exciting new production of Strindberg’s Miss Julie – in a new translation for the 21st century
This spring, UK Touring Theatre presents the World Premiere of a new English translation of Miss Julie by August Strindberg; a tale of lust, class conflict and boundaries broken. Developed as part of Strindberg 2012 (the centenary of Strindberg’s death in 1912), this powerful new adaptation of Strindberg’s classic play opens at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich on 16th April, before touring 13 theatres across the UK.
Midsummer’s Eve, Sweden, 1888. While the servants’ party continues in the barn outside, aristocratic Miss Julie is drawn to the kitchen and to the socially ambitious Jean, her father’s valet. What starts as a harmless flirtation, soon descends into a ferocious power struggle and battle of the sexes, from which neither can escape.
Banned in the UK for 50 years when first written, Miss Julie shocked critics across Europe with its frank portrayal of sexuality and inter-class relationships in 19th century society. Now widely regarded as Strindberg’s masterpiece, its vivid depiction of the class system is still as pertinent today, and has received worldwide critical acclaim.
Miss Julie is directed by Denis Noonan; with production design by Mike Lees, lighting design by Crin Claxton and original music by Swedish composer Annelie Nederberg. The production’s excellent cast will include Felicity Rhys and Adam Redmayne. UK Touring Theatre specialises in producing exciting new English language adaptations of classic European plays; touring to theatres across the UK, Europe and beyond.
Director Denis Noonan said, “Miss Julie is a very powerful piece. My production strives to be true to Strindberg’s original intentions, to be direct and have an immediacy to the audience. I want them to be involved and affected by what they see on stage, much like Strindberg’s audience was when the original production was staged back in 1889. The whole process of translating the play took about 8 months, working with the actors on the text and also improvising around some of the lines to enable them to embody the voices of the characters. The result is a production that is exciting and accessible to a modern audience and that the actors have a real ownership of.”
Tickets for Miss Julie are priced from £8.50 – £20.00 (all matinee seats £10 on 17th April) and can be purchased from the New Wolsey Box Office on 01473 295 900 or online at www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
For more information on the production visit www.uktouringtheatre.co.uk