August Strindberg's Miss Julie finds a new home in contemporary London, as Carrie Cracknell (The Deep Blue Sea) directs a cast including Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner).
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them.
Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean. It descends into a savage fight for survival.
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The BAFTA-winning star of Netflix’s “The Crown,” Vanessa Kirby, plays the titular character in Polly Stenham’s updated version of Strindberg’s “Miss Julie.” Transporting the play from 19th-century Sweden to modern-day Hampstead, Julie appears to have it all, from the good looks to the posh mansion home, the friends she parties with and the servants who wait on her hand and foot. But when a large ensemble as the partygoers fades into the abyss, Julie finds herself alone with only one other person she can turn to for help. Things start to go wrong when lust and jealousy take over and cause a grave betrayal. It soon becomes clear that money really can’t buy happiness, and Julie finds this out the hardest way of all.
Stenham’s version delves into the psyche of contemporary metropolitan life and questions whether it is possible to have it all. Not for the fainthearted, the National Theatre’s production of “Julie” is a powerful depiction of helplessness and self-destruction.
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- In one memorable scene, Vanessa Kirby kills a budgie on stage. When the show first opened, they used to start the scene with a real budgie and then would kill a fake one. One night, the real budgie (named Gordon) started chirping off-stage when he was supposed to be dead so now a fake budgie is now used throughout the scene. Gordon was not harmed in the process.
- The original play, “Miss Julie,” was written in 1888 and premiered in Copenhagen. In the past 130 years, it has gone through many incarnations including various film, ballet and opera adaptations.
- The production is directed by Carrie Cracknell, who also directed “A Doll’s House” at the Young Vic, which transferred to the West End and Broadway.
1hr 15mins (no interval)