From flirting to passion to danger

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SEX, class and ambition battle for centre stage in Patrick Marber’s version of Strindberg’s Miss Julie at Hemel’s Old Town Hall Theatre next week.

It’s July 1945 at a country house near London and celebrations for the Labour Party’s landslide election victory are in full swing.

The lady of the house Miss Julie descends into the servants’ kitchen to find her father’s chauffeur John. As the night draws in and flirtation turns to passion, the lovers embark on a consuming and deadly dance of desire.

Patrick Marber’s first play Dealer’s Choice opened at the National Theatre in February 1995, and won the Evening Standard Award for best comedy. His other plays include Howard Katz, Don Juan in Soho and Closer, which also won the Evening Standard Award for best comedy, as well as the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award and Laurence Olivier Award for best new play.

August Strindberg (1849-1912) was a pivotal figure in the development of modern drama and as one of the pioneers of the Modern European stage, he gained notoriety both as an astute portrayer of character and an unrelenting critic of the social and sexual mores of his time.

London Classic Theatre led by founder and artistic director Michael Cabot, produces challenging, accessible drama for audiences in London and the regions.

London Classic Theatre presents After Miss Julie at the Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead on Wednesday, March 16, 8pm.

Call the box office on 01442 228091 for tickets or go online at www.oldtownhall.co.uk.