a new version by David Eldridge, from a literal translation by Charlotte Barslund
'Sarah Frankcom’s production, in a vivid new translation by that first-rate playwright David Eldridge, marvellously captures the dark sexuality and emotional wildness of the piece, as well as its moments of black humour... one of the best productions I have ever seen at the Royal Exchange.’ The Daily Telegraph
MAXINE PEAKE plays Miss Julie. Known for her television appearances in SILK, the BAFTA nominated HANCOCK & JOAN and SHAMELESS, she is reunited with director Sarah Frankcom, whose recent successes at the Exchange include the award-winning PUNK ROCK and A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE.
Sweden, 1894. Midsummer night’s celebrations are in full swing but the Count’s daughter, the beautiful and imperious Miss Julie, feels trapped and alone. Downstairs in the servants’ kitchen, handsome and rebellious footman Jean is feeling restless. When they meet a passion is ignited that soon spirals out of control. Strindberg’s masterpiece caused a scandal when first produced – and has been hugely popular ever since – for its searingly honest portrait of the class system and human sexuality.