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About Miss Julie

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About Miss Julie sees Jonathan Sidgwick move the action of Strindberg’s original 35 years forward to the roaring 20s. This decade proves an electric backdrop for this crackling play with the eponymous heroine’s hedonistic drive bursting out among the shattered social landscape of post-First World War. Her butler John’s willingness to push the boundaries of class arises from the democratisation of war and Christine’s strength and determination is seen through the prism of the suffragettes, who she has been fighting for.

Raf Santana does a deft job of presenting this reimagining, although the chemistry between Sophie Linfield’s Julie and Sedgwick’s John is not as white hot as it should be. Linfield looks stunning, in fine costumes by Dimi Theochardis, but both she and Sidgwick – his a stiff army uniform – seem constricted by their clothing.

Linfield delicately conveys Julie’s despair in a believable performance that touches on this archaic aristocrat’s all-encompassing ennui. Sidgwick walks the fine line between poetic thinker and angry agitator well. As Christine, Suzanne Shaw is a million miles away from her fluffy pop past. Her clear blue eyes flash with steel and she provides an incisive moral compass.

Honour Bayes

  • King’s Head, London
  • July 2-26, PN July 3
  • Authors: August Strindberg, Jonathan Sidgwick adaptation
  • Director: Raf Santana
  • Design: Bex Kemp set, Zoe Spurr lighting, Dimi Theochardis costume, Raf Santana sound
  • Technical: Beatriz Lopez wardrobe
  • Cast: Sophie Linfield, Jonathan Sidgwick, Suzanne Shaw
  • Producer: In Residence Theatre Company
  • Running time: 1hr 20mins

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