The Jamie Lloyd Company’s production of Jean Genet’s powerful psycho-drama, The Maids, will end its run at Trafalgar Studios on 21 May. Double Emmy Award winner Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) star in this intoxicating adaptation of Genet’s masterpiece.
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, and Laura Carmichael plays Mistress.
This new translation by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton was first performed at Sydney Theatre Company in 2014. The Jamie Lloyd Company’s UK premiere opened to critical acclaim in February.
The production is designed by Soutra Gilmour.
Photo: Marc Brenner