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Diss to stage live screening of National Theatre updating Strindberg classic

PUBLISHED: 10:08 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:08 05 September 2018

Eric Kofi Abrefa as Jean and Thalissa Teixeira as Kristina in Julie at the National Theatre. Picture: Richard H Smith

Eric Kofi Abrefa as Jean and Thalissa Teixeira as Kristina in Julie at the National Theatre. Picture: Richard H Smith

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Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 play Miss Julie finds a new home in contemporary London in the National Theatre production to be screening in Diss.

Julie at the National Theatre. Picture: Richard H SmithJulie at the National Theatre. Picture: Richard H Smith

Re-imagined as Julie and directed by Carrie Cracknell, who had a huge success with the recent National production of The Deep Blue Sea, and with an updated script from Polly Stenham, the play is being screened liveat Diss Corn Hall.

Wild and newly single, Julie – played by The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby – throws a late night party as neighbours Jean and Kristina clean up amid the celebration above them.

Vanessa Kirby as Julie and Eric Kofi Abrefa as Jean in Julie at the National Theatre. Picture: Richard H SmithVanessa Kirby as Julie and Eric Kofi Abrefa as Jean in Julie at the National Theatre. Picture: Richard H Smith

Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean, which ultimately descends into a savage fight for survival.

This new version on Strindberg’s naturalist masterpiece, which also stars Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner), remains as shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

The production is the latest in the new season of NT Live screenings coming to the Corn Hall. The season continues with Ian McKellen’s extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear on September 27 and Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III starring Mark Gatiss on November 20.

• Julie is at Diss Corn Hall on September 6, 7pm, £12 (£10 under-18s), 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

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