Written in 1888 by August Strindberg, Miss Julie is set on Midsummer's Eve on the estate of a Count in Sweden. Miss Julie finds herself drawn to a named Jean, who is particularly well-travelled, well-mannered and well-read but he is engaged to the cook, Christine. Miss Julie and Jean's relationship escalates rapidly to feelings of love and is subsequently consummated. Over the course of the play Miss Julie and Jean battle until Jean convinces her that the only way to escape her predicament is to commit suicide.
Archive :: production:T0123694323, play:S4241, venue:V0835786775
Midsummer's Eve, Sweden, 1888. The Count's daughter and his valet cross social and sexual boundaries; and must face the consequences. 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. Developed as part of Strindberg 2012 (the centenary of Strindberg's death in 1912), UK Touring Theatre presents the World Premiere of an exciting new English translation of Miss Julie; a tale of lust, class conflict and boundaries broken. Running time: 90mins (no interval). This event takes place at Bridge House Theatre, Warwick. Box Office: 01926 776438