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12th Mar 2019

World premiere adaptation by Howard Brenton of Creditors and the return of acclaimed Miss Julie

In the summer of 1888, bankrupt and at his wits' end, August Strindberg and his family rented rooms in a ruinous Danish castle called Skovlyst. The castle was also occupied by a young aristocratic woman, her corrupt steward, and a menagerie of exotic animals. That summer, Strindberg wrote two masterpieces of world theatre: his intense tragedy Miss Julie and dark comedy Creditors, the play he regarded as his finest.

This spring, Creditors will play in the Studio at Keswick's Theatre by the Lake from 22 March to 20 April, along with five performances of Miss Julie, which will then go on rural tour.

Miss Julie is a revival of Tom Littler's acclaimed 2017 production, with Creditors being the world premiere production of Howard Brenton's new adaptation, also directed by Tom Littler. Following their run at Theatre by the Lake and the rural tour of Miss Julie, both productions will play in rep at London's Jermyn Street Theatre, from 25 April to 1 June.

Creditors tells the story of Adolph, a young artist who is deeply in love with his new wife Tekla. She is intelligent, educated, and experienced. He loves her independence and sophistication but sometimes worries he is not her equal. But a chance meeting with a suave stranger in a seaside hotel shakes Adolph's devotion to the core.

Miss Julie takes place on Midsummer's Eve. A night when the sun doesn't set. When Julie finds herself alone on her father's estate, she gate-crashes the servants' party. In the sultry heat of that long, light night, she finds herself in a dangerous tryst with her father's man servant, Jean. A flirtatious game descends into a savage fight for survival.

The 2017 production of Miss Julie was also a world premiere adaptation by Howard Brenton. Brenton and Littler have previously collaborated on Strindberg's Dances of Death (London's Gate Theatre, 2013), and on Brenton's play about Strindberg's Inferno period, The Blinding Light (Jermyn Street Theatre, 2017).

Charlotte Hamblin(Downton Abbey, Dry Land Jermyn Street Theatre) will revive her OffWestEnd nominated performance in the title role of Miss Julie. Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Rosenbaum's Rescue Park Theatre, The Lottery of Love Orange Tree Theatre, The Winslow Boy Chichester Festival Theatre) plays Kristin in Miss Julie and Tekla in Creditors. James Sheldon(Eigengrau King's Head Theatre, The Dover Road Jermyn Street Theatre) returns to his OffWestEnd nominated performance as Jean in Miss Julie and takes the role of Adolph in Creditors. David Sturzaker, a regular performer at the RSC and Shakespeare's Globe who has previously played the leading roles of Henry VIII, Abelard, and Byron in Brenton's work, will play Gustav in Creditors.

August Strindberg is ranked alongside Chekhov and Ibsen as one of the great turn-of-the-century dramatists. Howard Brenton is a multi award-winning playwright whose plays have recently appeared at the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, and Shakespeare's Globe. Tom Littler is Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre.

Creditors plays in the Studio at Theatre by the Lake from 22 March to 20 April, with Miss Julie playing from 1 – 4 April. Find out more at or call the Box Office on 017687 74411.


For further information or images, contact Meg Eyre on
meg.eyre@theatrebythelake.comor 017687 81107.The press night for Creditors is 23 March at Theatre by the Lake. To request press tickets, please contact

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