Uzo Aduba, double Emmy Award winner and breakout star of Netflix’s Orange is The New Black and Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael are to star alongside Zawe Ashton in Jamie Lloyd’s production of Jean Genet’s The Maids.

An intense psychological thriller seething with unique theatricality and brimming with intrigue, The Maids is a vicious analysis of the class system, and a provocative exploration of gender and sexuality.

Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton’s translation of Jean Genet’s The Maids was first performed at Sydney Theatre Company with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert playing the maids. Uzo Aduba and Zawe Ashton will play the maids, Solange and Claire with Laura Carmichael playing Madam.

Uzo Aduba who makes her West End debut said, ‘I wanted to be a part of The Jamie Lloyd Company because they’re interested in doing exciting work that is new, with a twist to it. It’s work with a fresh edge. Jamie reinvents classic plays in a way that we’ve never seen before or have explored before. That’s exciting as an actor. To be part of a play that allows for three women to mine such complex characters inside of an already rich and thrilling story, is the stuff that acting dreams are made on’

Zawe Ashton who previously worked with Lloyd on a production of Salome said ‘Being a part of The Jamie Lloyd Company is an opportunity I’ve been coveting for a long time! I’ve always been so excited by his vision as a director and to not only be collaborating with him but with two exquisite actors like Uzo and Laura on this fresh take on a classic text, is very juicy indeed. The Maids is one of my favourite ever plays and Jamie is one of my very favourite directors to work with.’

Laura Carmichael said, ‘Jamie is such an exciting director. I love the way he tackles these classic plays. He has a clear vision and a passion to attract young audiences that I think is really cool. I’m also a big fan of Uzo and Zawe so am really excited to be working them.’

The Maids is The Jamie Lloyd Company’s first production of 2016 and will play a limited season from 20 February 2016 until 21 May 2016 at Trafalgar Studios.

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