Nordic eroticism is a long way from delivering babies and tripping the light fantastic but Call The Midwife’s Helen George is set to slip into something more comfortable for After Miss Julie, coming to Milton Keynes Theatre this summer.
George, who played top-drawer beauty Trixie Franklin in the nuns and nurses saga, stars in Patric Marber’s play that comes to MKT as part of a short tour prior to a West End transfer.
Set in 1945 in an English country house, on the eve of Labour’s landslide victory at the end of the second world war, After Miss Julie is inspired by August Strindberg’s 1888 sultry masterpiece, Miss Julie.
In that the beautiful daughter of the peer wanders into the servant’s quarters. What begins as game-playing ignites into passion with devastating consequences as she flirts with her father’s handsome chauffeur, indifferent to the presence of his fiancée.
Patrick Marber’s plays include Dealer’s Choice, which won the 1995 Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, and the huge international hit, Closer, which won the Evening Standard award for Best Comedy, the Critics’ Circle and Olivier awards for Best New Play and was made into a BAFTA Award-winning film in 2004.
Helen George plays Miss Julie, the predatory and self-destructive Downton-esque daughter. Former associate director of the National Theatre, Anthony Banks, directs this Theatre Royal Bath production.
After Miss Julie runs at Milton Keynes Theatre from July 18-23.