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After Clement Attlee. Strindberg, updated to Seventy Two Years ago today.

July 26, 2017


Seventy two years ago today, The British Labour Party won an election properly for the first time.  The election result was a long drawn out affair, because the votes of the armed services in rather far flung parts of the world had to be processed.  But seventy two years ago today, the result was announced.

In 1995, fifty years after the Attlee victory, Patrick Marber re-wrote August Strindberg’s Miss Julie (though not very much) as After Miss Julie – locating it on that summer night in England when self-identifying socialists achieved a parliamentary majority.  Even back in 1888, Strindberg was convinced that Sweden (along with the rest of the Europe) stood at the cusp of profound social change.  The Jeans of this world were moving up and the Julies were sliding.  In his (very very dodgy) preface to the play, Strindberg makes it clear however, that the Jeans will not…

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