Important Info: Thursday 17 March (Matinee and & Evening) & Friday 18th March (Evening) Zawe Ashton will not be appearing. Friday 25 March (Evening) & Saturday 26 March (Matinee and Evening) Uzo Aduba will not be appearing.
For the latest season of shows from Jamie Lloyd at the Trafalgar Studios, the acclaimed director turns to the work of Jean Genet and in particular his play The Maids. Updating the piece to the modern day, Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton adapt the story whilst performers such as Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton and Laura Carmichael take on the central roles.
The Jamie Lloyd Theatre Company has been a familiar part of the Whitehall venue in recent years, with the company’s Trafalgar Transformed project welcoming some high profile shows and big names since 2014, from James McAvoy in Macbeth to John Simm in The Homecoming.
With The Maids audiences witness Aduba and Ashton as they portray the maid characters of Solange and Claire onstage. They spend their time in a bedroom planning the horrific death of their Madam (Carmichael). These fantasies of murder, however, are both violent and shocking and it is through these fantasies they we explore compelling themes like the class system, sex and gender.
Genet’s original play was first seen by Parisian audiences in 1947 and by British audiences half a decade later at the Mercury Theatre in Notting Hill. It has since been seen across the country and also in the United States. Meanwhile, this adapted version by Upton and Andrews was first staged in Australia in 2014.
Uzo Aduba is a well known performer whose work has spanned the stage and screen, with her best known work in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black as Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren. Beyond that part she has also appeared in the likes of Notes and the upcoming Tallulah, though crows picking up theatre tickets will be particularly interested in hearing of her previous theatre credits, which include Coram Boy at the Imperial Theatre, Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre and Venice at the Public Theatre, all in New York.
The Maids follows another production presented by the Jamie Lloyd Theatre Company in the form of The Homecoming, which stars the mentioned John Simm alongside Gary Kemp and Keith Allen. Jean Genet’s story then runs at the Trafalgar Studios 1 from Thursday 25th February 2016 (previews from Saturday 20th February 2016).
|Booking From:||Saturday, 21st May 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 21st May 2016|
|Important Info:||Thursday 17 March (Matinee and & Evening) & Friday 18th March (Evening) Zawe Ashton will not be appearing. Friday 25 March (Evening) & Saturday 26 March (Matinee and Evening) Uzo Aduba will not be appearing.|
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