from an original work by Frank Wedekind
A version of Frank Wedekind’s erotic masterpiece, subtitled ‘A Monster Tragedy’, which is based on the author’s original text.
Lulu follows the rise and fall of a young woman possessed of a fatal combination of sexuality and innocence. She passes from German to Parisian high society to the streets of Jack the Ripper’s London – destroying, and ultimately destroyed by, her various lovers. This boundary-pushing sexual odyssey was written in 1894 but was deemed to controversial to stage. Wedekind subsequently toned it down and cleft the material into two separate plays: Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box. The Lulu plays have since proved incredibly popular and have been performed throughout the twentieth century. Nicholas Wright’s version purposefully restores the daring and explicitness of Wedekind’s original text as well as condensing the two parts into one five act play.
This version of Lulu was first performed at the Almeida Theatre in London in 2001 and starred Anna Friel as the eponymous heroine.