New Earth Theatre and Storyhouse announce UK Tour of acclaimed adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie
New Earth Theatre and Storyhouse present the Storyhouse production of Miss Julie:
Written by August Strindberg
Adapted by Amy Ng
Directed by Dadiow Lin
UK tour: 5 March – 31 March 2021
New Earth Theatre and Storyhouse today announce the Storyhouse production of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, following its acclaimed run earlier this year. The production, adapted by Amy Ng and directed by Dadiow Lin, tours the UK, 5 – 31 March 2021, returns to the venue, before visiting Southwark Playhouse and Sheffield Theatres with further venues to be announced.
It’s 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.
Alex Clifton, Artistic Director of Storyhouse, said today, “We are delighted to announce this tour, as a positive message of revival after such an exhausting year – most starkly for our freelance communities. New Earth are a brilliant team to partner with, and we’re thrilled to restage this extraordinary show with them, which we first commissioned from Amy two years ago. Its political currency has only grown; its urgency only intensified. This is a vital story, tackling complex social politics – relations between Britain, China and Hong Kong – in a simple, powerful human story.”
Kumiko Mendl, Artistic Director of New Earth Theatre, also commented, “After what has been a massively difficult and challenging year for everyone in our industry it is wonderful news that New Earth Theatre will be presenting in partnership with Storyhouse, a tour of Amy Ng’s gripping and politically charged adaptation of Miss Julie. Set in 1940’s Hong Kong at a time of seismic change in the colony, Amy’s adaptation resonates powerfully with current contemporary preoccupations of colonialism, race and sexual politics. I am delighted we are able to bring this excellent Storyhouse production, live to audiences across the UK, first seen earlier this year and now imaginatively updated by Amy for our socially distanced age.”
Johan August Strindberg (1849 – 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. His 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).
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).
This adaptation of Strindberg’s naturalistic play will be staged in a Covid safe environment following government advice and adhering to social distancing guidelines.
5 – 13 March 2021
Box Office: 01244 409 113 / storyhouse.com
Box Office: 020 7407 0234 / southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
29 – 31 March 2021
Box Office: 0114 249 6000 / sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
About Storyhouse and New Earth 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. The pioneering new library within Storyhouse, where members of the community work alongside city librarians, boasts the longest opening hours of any UK public library and is open every day until 11pm. It runs over 2,000 sessions a year for marginalised communities. Storyhouse currently holds the title as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre (UK Theatre Awards) and was the overall national winner in the 2018 Guardian Public Service Awards.
For more information on the tour or New Earth Theatre, please contact:
Chloe Heard email@example.com / 07944 539 520 Riona Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org / 07375 660 957
For more information on Storyhouse, please contact:
Nancy Davies Nancy@storyhouse.com / 07886743531