5 reasons to be excited for NT Live: Julie!

There's not long to go before National Theatre's Julie hits our screens LIVE from London's Lyttelton Theatre, so here's 5 reasons not to miss this amazing production!

1. It's a new take on a classic...

First written as a play by August Strindberg way back in 1882, Miss Julie was originally set on the estate of a count in Sweden, and saw a young woman of the title drawn to a senior servant. Flash forward to 2018 and this new version is set in contemporary London, based in a luxurious house and sees Julie throwing herself a late night birthday party while her dad's chauffeur helps clean up around them.

2. It stars The Crown's Vanessa Kirby...

The wild and new-single Julie is played by the BAFTA Award winning Vanessa Kirby who is best known for her role as Princess Margaret in The Crown. She also recently starred in Mission: Impossible Fallout! as the White Widow.

3. It's had amazing reviews...

Julie opened to amazing reviews with many critics applauding the direction as being "provocative and profound" (The Stage) and branding Vanessa Kirby as "magnetic" (Mail on Sunday) in her part as Julie. Others praised the production for bringing this classic tale into the 21st century with it's amazing staging and acting.

4. It features an all-female creative...

The production sees writer Polly Stenham pair up with director Carrie Cracknell to bring a unique twist to this Strindberg classic. Polly was only 19-years-old when her debut play, That Face, won her a tonne of awards and even saw the then future Dr Who, Matt Smith, star in its West End run! Carrie is best known for directing National Theatre hit The Deep Blue Sea and the Young Vic's A Doll's House which saw her nominated for Best Director at the Evening Standard Awards.

5. It kicks off a whole new National Theatre season!

Julie kicks off our new National Theatre season on September 6. Our next LIVE National Theatre showing will then be King Lear which sees Ian McKellen take on the titular role on September 27, followed by The Madness of George III starring Mark Gatiss on November 20 - but that's not half of it, head to our Arts page to find out our other titles!

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