As a play, August Strindberg’s Miss Julie is very much set in a specific place and time. Part of what makes the plot work is the transgressive nature of the sexual relationship set against a background in which Jean’s even call Miss Julie by her first name would be shocking. Much of the play would be absurd in a modern setting. Not only do many of the issues and dilemmas only make sense in its original setting, but one of the reasons people would want to watch the play is precisely because it does enable them to look at gender issues in a context outside that of the 21st century. Thus, for a production to a) make sense and b) be worth watching, it should be historically accurate. Moreover, as the success of numerous period movies and TV shows demonstrate, “costume” dramas are popular.