Louise Brealey: from Sherlock's Molly to Strindberg's Miss Julie

Louise Brealey takes a break from rehearsals at the Citizens theatre in Glasgow to talk about playing the title role in Strindberg's classic about the power struggle between an aristocratic woman and her father's butler

Almost 10m viewers watched Sherlock snog Molly on New Year's Day. Now, Louise Brealey – who has won a huge following as the sleuth's lovelorn lab assistant – is taking on a rather more intimate affair. She's starring in Zinnie Harris's version of August Strindberg's Miss Julie, which relocates the original from late 19th-century Sweden to Scotland in the 1920s. Directed by Dominic Hill, the production opens on 6 February at the Citizens theatre in Glasgow for just nine performances.

How are the rehearsals going?

It's intense. We've had just three weeks to rehearse, which is much shorter than usual. In theory it's a small play – it's short, one location and only three characters – but emotionally it's a behemoth,
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