After Miss Julie is a play which relocates August Strindberg‘s Miss Julie (1888) to an English country house in July 1945. In this radical re-imagining of theatre’s first “naturalistic tragedy” the events of Strindberg’s original are transposed to the night of the British Labour Party’s “landslide” election victory.
The Stage Premiere was at the Donmar Warehouse in London on 20 November 2003; its run ended on 7 February 2004. The three characters were played by Kelly Reilly (Miss Julie), Richard Coyle (John) and Helen Baxendale (Christine). The production was directed by Michael Grandage. It received generally very positive reviews, Kelly Reilly particularly praised for her performance. The Telegraph said it was “an unforgettable night of white-hot theatrical intensity” and The Guardian gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
The Regional Premiere was at the Theatre By The Lake in Keswick on Friday, 28 July 2006. Its run ended on 1 November 2006. The characters were played by Juliette Goodman (Miss Julie), Guy Parry (John) and Polly Lister (Christine). It was directed by Simon H West. The production was praised for its impact, acting and sexual charge.