New Earth Theatre and Storyhouse present:
York Theatre Royal, 22-26 June
Adapted by Amy Ng from August Strindberg’s Miss Julie
Director: Dadiow Lin
Cast: Sophie Robinson, Jennifer Leong and Leo Wan.
Following an acclaimed run last year,New Earth Theatre and Storyhouse bring the Storyhouseproduction of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie to York Theatre Royal from 22-26 June.
Strindberg’s Miss Julie has been adapted by Amy Ng and is directed by Dadiow Lin. Sophie Robinson returns to the role of Miss Julie, and is joined 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, 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.”
It is Chinese New Year in 1940s Hong Kong and celebrations are in full swing. Julie, the daughter of the island’s British Governor, crashes the servant’s party downstairs. What starts as a game descends into a fight for survival as sex, power, money and race collide on a hot night in the Pearl River Delta.
Johan August Strindberg (1849 – 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. His other principal works for the stage include Creditors, The Father, A Dream Play, The Ghost Sonata and The Dance of Death.
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.
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).