Following its acclaimed run last year, New Earth Theatre and Storyhouse are presenting August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, adapted by Amy Ng and directed by Dadiow Lin, to Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre from 8-10 July 2021.
Sophie Robinson, returning to the role of Miss Julie, is joined in the cast by Jennifer Leong as Christine and Leo Wan as John.
Kumiko Mendl, artistic director of New Earth Theatre, said: “We have been waiting for this moment for what feels like a very long time, when we can once again present work in theatres across the UK! We are immensely proud to be bringing Amy Ng’s powerful and timely adaptation of Miss Julie to live audiences, providing much needed work for our freelancers and continuing our partnership with the wonderful Storyhouse.”
Alex Clifton, artistic director of Storyhouse, also commented:
“After a gruelling year, most especially for freelance theatre makers, it’s wonderful to stride back to live theatre with such an important and powerful story, delivered by an incredible freelance creative and acting team. This is a show that throws us right back to work telling vital stories with urgent compassion on a human scale – we’re very proud to stage it with our friends at New Earth.”
British-Hong Kong playwright Amy Ng adapts Strindberg’s thrilling psychological classic into a newly politically-charged production.
Set in Hong Kong in the run up to the Second World War, this adaptation examines the UK’s colonial past. Julie is the daughter of a high-profile British government official. With her father away for the weekend, Julie comes downstairs to see her Chinese driver, John and maid, Christine. Crossing a threshold, Julie initiates a sexually-charged power game with Jean, which descends into a fight for survival as sex, power, money and race crash into a hot night in Hong Kong under British rule.
“A tremendous production, balancing beauty and brutality” – The Stage ★★★★★
“Vital, timely adaptation of Strindberg’s play” – The Stage
“Captivating, gripping and beautiful” – At The Theatre
“Gives privilege and servitude an erotic charge” – The Guardian
“A pleasure to watch” – West End Best Friend
Director Dadiow Lin is joined in the creative team by designer Adam Wiltshire, sound designer Max Perryment, composer Max Perryment, lighting designer Chris Davey, intimacy director Yarit Dor and choreographer Yukiko Masui.
Originally part of Storyhouse’s rep season, the show has been revived by New Earth Theatre and Storyhouse for this UK tour. The production will be staged in a Covid safe environment, following latest government advice and adhering to social distancing guidelines for audiences.
Amy Ng is a British-Hong Kong playwright. Her previous theatre credits include Under The Umbrella (Belgrade Theatre/UK tour), Acceptance (Hampstead Theatre) and Shangri-La (Finborough Theatre). Ng is currently under commission to the Royal Shakespeare Company and ice&fire, and is developing her play Thatcher In China at the National Theatre Studio. She is also part of the inaugural Genesis Almeida New Playwrights Big Plays programme.
Dadiow Lin directs. Her credits include in a word, Reply (Young Vic), Bad Joke (Omnibus Theatre), Thatcher In China (Soho Theatre), 100 Ways To Start A Fire (Theatre503) and Am I Pretty? (Camden People’s Theatre).
Sophie Robinson returns to the role of Miss Julie. Her theatre credits include All Mod Cons, 1984 (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), The Yalta Game, The Father, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Electric Dreams (Dumbshow), Twelfth Night (Abbey Theatre), The Seagull, The Heretic (Library Theatre), Beyond Beauty (Rebel Theatre), Lady in the Van (Hull Truck Theatre), Juno and Paycock (National Theatre/Abbey Theatre). Her television credits include Rebellion.
Jennifer Leong plays Christine. Her theatre credits include Acceptance (Hampstead Theatre), Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse) and Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe/international tour). Her television credits include Years and Years and Chimerica; and for film, Kat and the Band.
Leo Wan plays John. His theatre credits include As You Like It, Widow in The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), The Great Wave (National Theatre), Shakespeare Within the Abbey, Sonnet Walks (Shakespeare’s Globe), Forgotten 遗忘, Tamburlaine (Arcola Theatre), The Spanish Tragedy (Old Red Lion), Das Ding, The Rover (New Diorama Theatre) and Jekyll & Hyde (Southwark Playhouse). His television credits include Crashing.
Dadiow Lin directs. Her credits include in a word, Reply (Young Vic), Bad Joke (Omnibus Theatre), Thatcher in China (Soho Theatre), 100 Ways to Start a Fire (Theatre503) and Am I Pretty? (Camden People’s Theatre).
New Earth Theatre presents and develops work with British East and South East Asian (BESEA) artists that asks key questions of identity, of the world we live in and our place in that world. They produce touring plays and readings across the year, nurture BESEA talent through their Academy acting and writing courses and Professional Writers Programme, as well as bring artists to communities, museums and schools.
Storyhouse is one of the UK’s foremost culture and theatre producers. Their building incorporating a library, theatres and a cinema, is one of the country’s most successful arts buildings, with more than one million customer visits each year. Storyhouse also produce the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Miss Julie runs at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from 8-10 July 2021 with performances (one hour and 15 minutes, no interval) at 7.45pm including a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm. Age guidance is 16-plus as the production contains some strong language, violence and scenes of a sexual nature.