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Remaking Strindberg

Director Katie Mitchell is at war with Britain’s parochial theatre culture

By James Woodall   April 2013

Katie Mitchell’s new adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie makes inventive use of live video © Stephen Cummiskey

On a cold Berlin morning I’m in the café of one of Europe’s great theatres, the Schaubühne, to meet the director Katie Mitchell. Given her reputation as a fierce iconoclast, encountering Mitchell in person is a surprise. The first things you notice about her are a winning friendliness—she smiles openly—and intense pale blue eyes. In a high laugh she apologises for being late. She’s been waiting in the wrong café: her favourite, next…

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