The Maids

Trafalgar Studio One, London

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The Maids starring Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton and Laura Carmichael at Trafalgar Studios

The Jamie Lloyd Theatre Company presents the UK premiere of a full-throttle contemporary adaptation of Jean Genet’s masterpiece The Maids – not seen in the West End for twenty years.

Loosely based on a real-life French case in which two maids murdered their mistress, The Maids was originally staged at the Sydney Theatre Company, with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert playing the whacked-out domestics who want to rid themselves of the employer they call the ‘Bitch’.

Director Jamie Lloyd has assembled a powerhouse trio of actors – double Emmy Award winning Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey), to tackle this explosive psycho-drama. Uzo Aduba and Zawe Ashton will play the maids, Solange and Claire. Laura Carmichael will play Madam.

The Maids plays a limited season from 20 February 2016 until 21 May 2016 at Trafalgar Studios

STORY

In a luxurious bedroom, two maids fantasize about killing their employer, playing out dangerous and sadistic scenarios as they plan her violent death.
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 sexuality.

CAST

The cast includes Uzo Aduba (Orange is The New Black), Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) and Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat).

CREATIVE

Jean Genet’s The Maids by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton will be directed by Jamie Lloyd with design by Soutra Gilmore.

REVIEWS

★★★★ Uzo Aduba is a remarkable tour de force – The Guardian
★★★★ Simply Intoxicating – The Times
★★★★ A fabulously acted revival – Financial Times
★★★★ Zawe Ashton gives an absolutely sensational performance – The Independent
★★★★ Ultra-cool, kinky, brilliant – Time Out
★★★★ Laura Carmichael as Mistress is played with insane panache – The Times
Feverish vision of rebellion and revenge – Evening Standard


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 21 May 2016

Venue Information

Trafalgar Studio One, 14 Whitehall, London, London, SW1A 2DY
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 9, 11, 12, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 153, 159
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Uzo Aduba makes West End debut in Jamie Lloyd’s The Maids
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. BOOKING Booking opens soon. Sign-up to our email alerts to be the first to hear about booking >

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