ADAPTATION BY HOWARD BRENTON.
DIRECTED BY TOM LITTLER.
2 December 2017
“She was dancing with the gamekeeper, right in front of his Anna. Dragged him away from her. I mean, would you or I do that?”
Midsummer's Eve, Sweden, 1888. A night when the sun doesn't set. A night of drinking and dancing. A night to break the rules. When Julie finds her self 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 manservant, Jean. A flirtatious game descends into a savage fight for survival.
Strindberg's ground-breaking masterpiece that still provokes and shocks audiences today is brought to life in Howard Brenton's brilliant new adaptation.
August Strindberg is ranked alongside Chekhov and Ibsen as a master of theatrical realism.
Howard Brenton is a multi award-winning playwright whose plays have recently appeared at the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, and Shakespeare's Globe.
Tom Littler is Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre.
Set and costume design
Music and sound design
“A powerhouse production.”
“Superlative ... an unexpected treat of the highest order.”
“As real and sensational now as ever.”
“The tension starts to build from the first sizzle in the pan.”
“Compelling ... Visceral ... Intense.”
“A classy staging that strikes the right note of intimate realism.”