After Miss Julie Headed for the West End
A new press release emerged this week for the upcoming Theatre Royal Bath production of After Miss Julie, the 2003 play by Patrick Marber that reinterprets the events of the August Strinberg story Miss Julie. The show is set to run at the Bath venue in May and the new press release reveals that not only will the show go on a UK tour after that, it will also be coming to the West End, albeit at an as-yet undisclosed venue.
After Miss Julie introduces us to the title character (Helen George in the touring version), an upper-class 25 year old who (in this edition version by Marber) lives in a country house in 1945 as the Labour Party wins its landslide election that puts Clement Atlee in Downing Street and ousts Winston Churchill. We witness the events of a particular evening when flirting and passions ignite in the kitchens as Miss Julie enters that part of the house, flirting with chauffeur John, whose fiancée is also present.
The original version by August Strinberg was set in 1888 and the decision to update it to 1945 for After Miss Julie proved to be good one as the positive reviews and audience reaction during its premiere at the Domnar Warehouse in 2003 led to many revivals in the years since, including versions on Broadway.
Writer Patrick Marber has also had success with other shows during his career, perhaps most notably with Closer and Dealer’s Choice, both of which earned numerous awards (the former winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play). His other credits include Howard Katz, Don Juan In Soho and The Red Lion, in addition to films like Notes On A Scandal and Asylum.
Audiences will have to wait for the West End version of the show, but will have opportunities to pick up theatre tickets and see it as it tours the country following its run at the Theatre Royal Bath in May, with appearances in locations like Guildford, Cambridge, Brighton, Richmond and Milton Keynes. It won’t be the first Theatre Royal Bath production to land in the West End, with 2015 alone bringing the likes of Hay Fever at the Duke of York’s Theatre.