In a luxurious bedroom, two maids fantasise 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 gender and sexuality.
Uzo Aduba and Zawe Ashton play the maids, Solange and Claire. Laura Carmichael plays Mistress.
The production is designed by Soutra Gilmour.
This translation, by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton, was first performed at Sydney Theatre Company in 2014. This is the first time it has been seen in the UK.
The Jamie Lloyd Company’s 50thanniversary production of The Homecoming, starring Keith Allen, Gemma Chan, Ron Cook, Gary Kemp, John Macmillian and John Simm, opens at the Trafalgar Studios on 14th November. Lloyd was this week nominated for the Evening Standard’s Milton Shulman Award for Best Director for Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
As with The Jamie Lloyd Company’s previous productions, all tickets for Monday performances will be £15. Half of these will be made available through a special outreach scheme, targeted at schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half will be released monthly to the public on the first day of each month, and will be available online or at the Trafalgar Studios box office.
Photo: Marc Brenner