A NORTH-East theatre company is putting on a performance of a classic play with a regional twist.

Durham-based theatre company Elysium, which was launched in 2017, is putting on Miss Julie at the city’s Gala Theatre.

It is directed by Jake Murray, who is putting it on almost 25 years after seeing his father Braham Murray’s take on the play by Swedish playwright August Strindberg.

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Durham-based director Jake Murray

His version is set in the North-East and focuses on the relationship between the daughter of a lord and his butler.

He said: “Miss Julie is one of the most transformative plays of all time, all working-class drama has a debt to the play – even shows like Coronation Street and EastEnders. Miss Julie was the first play to have working class characters taken seriously.”

He added: “I think my father would be delighted I was doing this. There was always a mix of pride and competition whenever we did the same play."

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Theatre director Braham Murray, father of Miss Julie director Jake Murray, who was awarded an OBE for his work in 2010. He died last year, aged 75

It is on at The Gala tomorrow, and at The Majestic Theatre, Darlington on April 3-4.

Visit www.elysiumtc.co.uk for information about tickets.