By Kenneth Jones
10 Jun 2009
Sienna Miller will play Miss Julie, and Jonny Lee Miller will play John. Both will make their Broadway debuts in the American premiere of this updated (to the 1940s) version of August Strindberg's classic play Miss Julie, directed by Mark Brokaw.
After Miss Julie will begin preview performances Sept. 18 and open officially Oct. 22 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through Dec. 6.
The design team includes Allen Moyer (sets), Michael Krass (costumes), Mark McCullough (lights) and David Van Tieghem (original music and sound).
After Miss Julie, according to production notes, "transposes August Strindberg's 1888 play about sex and class to an English country house on the eve of Labour's historic landslide in 1945."
Born in New York, Sienna Miller spent the majority of her childhood in London and Wiltshire. She went on to study drama at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. In 2000 she starred in the Off-Broadway production of Independence at the Neighborhood Playhouse. She portrayed Celia in the Young Vic's critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, at the Wyndhams Theatre in London's West End. Upcoming movies to be released in March 2009 include "The Edge of Love" with Keira Knightly, directed by John Maybury and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" opposite Peter Sarsgaard. In August, she will also be seen in the action film "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra." Her films include "Interview," the remake of "Alfie," "Casanova" and "Factory Girl," among others.
Jonny Lee Miller was seen on the big screen as a teenage computer genius opposite Angelina Jolie in Iain Softley's "Hackers." He came to international attention starring opposite Ewan MacGregor as the drug addicted punk Sick Boy in Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting." His film credits include "The Flying Scotsman," "Melinda And Melinda," "Afterglow," "Behind The Lines," "Mansfield Park" and "Plunkett & Maclean." Miller most recently co-starred with William Hurt and Chiwetel Ejiofer in the South African drama "Endgame," which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Miller starred for two seasons in the title role in the critically acclaimed ABC series "Eli Stone."
Miller's stage credits include Festen, The Play What I Wrote, Democracy, Four Knights In Knaresborough and Beautiful Thing. He also starred in a revival of Frank McGuinness' Someone Who'll Watch Over Me in London's West End.
Marber's first play Dealer's Choice opened at the National Theatre in February 1995. It received the 1995 Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Writer's Guild Award for Best West End Play. His second play, Closer, opened at the National Theatre, Cottesloe auditorium in May 1997. In October 1997 it transferred to the NT Lyttelton Theatre and then in March 1998 to the Lyric Theatre, London. The play opened on Broadway in March 1999. Closer received the 1997 Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy, the Critics Circle Award for Best Play and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. The Broadway production won the 1999 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. There have been productions of Closer in more than a hundred cities across the world. Howard Katz opened at the National Theatre in June 2001. It received its New York premiere in March 2007 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Roundabout Theatre. After Miss Julie opened at the Donmar Warehouse in November 2003. His most recent play is Don Juan in Soho, which opened at the Donmar Warehouse in November 2006.
Marber is currently working on a screenplay based on Ian McEwan's novel "Saturday."
Brokaw directed Lisa Loomer's play Distracted at Roundaboutís Laura Pels Theatre. His other past Roundabout productions include the 2006 production of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer with Blythe Danner and Carla Gugino and The Constant Wife at the American Airlines Theatre in 2004.
Beginning in July 2009, tickets will be available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).