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Creditors and Miss Julie - Jermyn Street Theatre

Miss Julie

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CREDITORS and Miss Julie, two plays by August Strindberg in new versions by Howard Brenton, run in repertory at Jermyn Street Theatre from Thursday, April 25 to Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Tom Littler, Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre, directs.

In the summer of 1888, bankrupt and at his wits’ end, August Strindberg and his family rented rooms in a ruinous Danish castle called Skovlyst. The castle was also occupied by a young aristocratic woman, her corrupt steward, and a menagerie of exotic animals.

That summer, Strindberg wrote two masterpieces of world theatre: his intense tragedy Miss Julie and dark comedy Creditors, the play he regarded as his finest.

Miss Julie takes place on Midsummer’s Eve. A night when the sun doesn’t set. When Julie finds herself alone on her father’s estate, she gate-crashes the servants’ party. In the sultry heat of that long, light night, she finds herself in a dangerous tryst with her father’s man servant, Jean. A flirtatious game descends into a savage fight for survival.

Creditors tells the story of Adolph, a young artist who is deeply in love with his new wife Tekla. She is intelligent, educated, and experienced. He loves her independence and sophistication. Sometimes he worries he is not her equal. But a chance meeting with a suave stranger in a seaside hotel shakes Adolph’s devotion to the core.

Charlotte Hamblin (Downton Abbey, Dry Land, Jermyn Street Theatre) will revive her OffWestEnd nominated performance in the title role of Miss Julie. Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Rosenbaum’s Rescue, Park Theatre, The Lottery of Love, Orange Tree Theatre, The Winslow Boy, Chichester Festival Theatre) plays Kristin in Miss Julie and Tekla in Creditors.

Creditors

James Sheldon (Eigengrau, King’s Head Theatre, The Dover Road, Jermyn Street Theatre) returns to his OffWestEnd nominated performance as Jean in Miss Julie and takes the role of Adolph in Creditors. David Sturzaker, a regular performer at the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe, has previously played the leading roles of Henry VIII, Abelard, and Byron in Brenton’s work, and will play Gustav in Creditors.

The two play come to Jermyn Street Theatre following an initial run at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. Miss Julie is a revival of Tom Littler’s acclaimed 2017 production, and Creditors is the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s new version. Besides Miss Julie, Brenton and Littler have previously collaborated on Strindberg’s Dances of Death (Gate Theatre, 2013), and on Brenton’s play about Strindberg’s Inferno period, The Blinding Light (Jermyn Street Theatre, 2017).

August Strindberg is ranked alongside Chekhov and Ibsen as one of the great turn-of-the-century dramatists. Howard Brenton is a multi award-winning playwright whose plays have recently appeared at the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, and Shakespeare’s Globe.

The productions have set and costume design by Louie Whitemore, lighting by Johanna Town and sound by Max Pappenheim. Associate direction is by Gabriella Bird.

Also at Jermyn Street Theatre: Harley Ganville-Barker’s Agnes Colander directed by Trevor Nunn (February 12 to March 16) and the world premiere of Maud Dromgoole’s Mary’s Babies (March 20 to April 13, 2019).

For more information and to book tickets, call the box office on 0207 287 2875 or visit www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/.