Review by Benjamin Blyth
The year is 1945. The war is won, Churchill’s Tories are out, and in a country house somewhere in rural England the aristocratic old order is already cracking. Staged entirely in a downstairs kitchen, Patrick Marber’s modern classic reimagines Strindberg’s effervescent “Miss Julie” as the troubled heiress of an abusive aristocrat, who seduces her father’s chauffer in a desperate attempt to feel something real. Lodestar Theatre’s harrowing and honest revival is the perfect antidote for sketch-weary audiences who are hankering for more theatrical meat in their fringe diet. Sam Jeffery is deeply moving as the wronged Christine, Josh Meredith bristles with electricity as the conflicted chauffer John, and – equal parts seductive and disgusting – Nikki Hulowski’s quicksilver Julie is a performance for the ages.
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