Play banned in UK for 50 years to be performed at Castle

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A play which was banned in the UK for 50 years when first written, due to its frank portrayal of sexuality, will be performed at The Castle theatre in Wellingborough next week.

In a new translation for the 21st century, August Strindberg’s masterpiece Miss Julie has been revived for the stage and will be performed on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

The story is set on Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden during 1888. The Count’s daughter and his valet cross social and sexual boundaries and must face the consequences. While the servants’ party continues in the barn outside, aristocratic Miss Julie is drawn to the kitchen and to the socially ambitious Jean, her father’s valet.

What starts as a harmless flirtation soon descends into a ferocious power struggle and battle of the sexes.

A spokesman said: “Now widely regarded as Strindberg’s masterpiece, its vivid depiction of the class system is still as pertinent today and has received worldwide critical acclaim.”

UK Touring Theatre, which is behind this production, specialises in new English language adaptations of classic European plays.

Miss Julie is suitable for those aged 14 and over. Tickets cost £15 or £13. Ring 01933 270007.