A version of the erotic masterpiece, based for the first time on the author’s original text, premiered by the Almeida Theatre in London.
Lulu follows the decline and fall of a young woman possessed of a fatal combination of sexuality and innocence. She passes from German and Parisian high society to the streets of Jack the Ripper’s London – destroying, and ultimately destroyed by, her lovers.
Wedekind originally wrote his extraordinary ‘monster tragedy’ a full twenty years before the First World War. Finding no-one prepared to stage it on account of its sexual candour, he toned it down and rewrote it as two full-length dramas, which is how The Lulu Plays were published and produced throughout most of the twentieth century. Nicholas Wright’s new version, based on Wedekind’s original text, restores the clarity, the daring and the sexual explicitness of a modern masterpiece written a hundred years before its time.