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Sherlock star is Holming in on Miss Julie stage production; THEATRE.

Byline: RICK FULTON

AN actress from the BBC's Sherlock will make her debut at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre next month.

Louise Brealey, 34, plays lab assistant Molly Hooper who has a crush on Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

She will star in a new production of Zinnie Harris's version of Miss Julie from February 6-15.

Miss Julie's director Dominic Hill said: "This is a play about sexual politics - the battle of the sexes, sexual desire and the way men and women negotiate and manipulate to get what they want.

"For me, this is what makes the play truly timeless. I'm pleased that we'll be presenting this landmark text on the Citizens' main stage for the first time."

Louise has also played longstanding character nurse Roxy Bird in the BBC's Casualty and has appeared at the Bush Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, the Young Vic and Bristol Old Vic.

Citizens Theatre artistic director Dominic Hill directs Zinnie Harris's 2005 adaptation of August Strindberg's thrilling tale of an upstairs-downstairs liaison, relocated to 1920s Scotland when the economic toll of World War I was being felt and the working classes were striking against falling wages and the privileges of the upper classes.

Joining Louise on stage will be Scottish actor Keith Fleming, who recently won praise as Macbeth in a new co-production by Horsecross Arts and Tron Theatre Company, and who starred in Dominic Hill's award-winning Peer Gynt in 2007.

Completing the cast is Citizens Theatre actor intern Jessica Hardwick, who appeared on the Citizens' stage as Sonya in Hill's 2013 production of Crime and Punishment, and delighted three to six-year-olds and their families in the theatre's Christmas show for young audiences, Bauble Trouble. Set in the oppressive heat of summer, Miss Julie follows the dangerous flirtatious games played by Julie and her father's butler, John.

As the night wears on, the couple from opposite ends of the social spectrum tease and fight towards an explosive conclusion.

Harris's version of the European classic, first created for National Theatre of Scotland, looks at the politics of the play through a new prism, setting the power-games played by Julie and John against a backdrop of wider social unrest.

RICK FULTON

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Date:Jan 3, 2014
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