It’s Midsummer night in 1874 at a Count’s estate somewhere in Sweden and the nobleman’s daughter, Miss Julie, is trying to escape the conventions that are limiting her life. To enjoy herself, she visits the servants' annual Midsummer party and meets Jean, an older both well-read and well-studied man, serving as her father's footman.
Miss Julie and Jean are overwhelmed by passion and a very fast romance takes place, but the struggle for power between them overturns them and it is obvious that this situation will not end well. Julie herself is very confused, which Jean takes advantage of and manipulates her brutally.
“Miss Julie” is one of August Strindberg’s most famous plays and is still played regularly worldwide. It touches upon several subjects which were considered taboo in the nineteenth century, such as lust, class and a battle of the sexes.
It has been cinematized several times, adapted into television, opera and ballet. It has also several times been adapted into modern time situations, such as the Apartheid in South Africa and the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland.
August Strindberg (1849-1912) was a Swedish writer, playwright and painter and is commonly seen as one of Sweden’s most important writers. Many of his works are considered to be classics within Swedish literature and his The Red Room (1879) has frequently been described as the first modern Swedish novel and Strindberg as the father of the genre.