New life for Miss Julie - a classic battle of the sexes

Felicity Rhys as Miss Julie
Felicity Rhys as Miss Julie
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Widely regarded as Swedish writer August Strindberg’s masterpiece, the play Miss Julie paints a dramatic picture of lust, class conflict and boundaries broken.

Following a successful national tour this spring, UK Touring Theatre are bringing the play - which has a new English translation from the original Swedish script - to Halifax next month.
The production was developed as part of the Swedish Strindberg 2012 centenary celebrations.

Adam Redmayne as Jean in Miss Julie

Adam Redmayne as Jean in Miss Julie

Set in Sweden on Midsummer’s Eve 1888, the play explores the relationship between aristocratic Miss Julie and 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.

Director Denis Noonan said, “Miss Julie is a very powerful piece. The process of translating the play from scratch took about eight months but the result is a script that I think really reflects what Strindberg originally wanted to achieve with the play. “It is exciting and accessible to a modern audience.

“The translation is extremely faithful to Strindberg’s original words, while being accessible to a modern audience through its dynamic choice of English language.”

Miss Julie has been performed across the world and is frequently adapted and updated.

In this latest production UK Touring Theatre gives new life to Strindberg’s words in their original 1888 setting - perfect for fans of classic theatre and Scandanavian drama alike.

The cast includes Felicity Rhys in the title role and Adam Redmayne as Jean.

On tour until mid-October, Miss Julie will be at Square Chapel arts centre - part of the Halifax venue’s new autumn season - on Saturday, September 28 at 7.30pm.

For ticket information and a new season brochure contact the box office on 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk