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Uzo Aduba in The Maids at Trafalgar Studios 1

Monday, 9th Nov 2015  

The work of Jamie Lloyd has become a fixture of Trafalgar Studios 1 in recent years, with numerous shows appearing as part of the Trafalgar Transformed seasons, from Macbeth and The Hothouse to The Ruling Class and The Homecoming, and this is set to continue in 2016.

Lloyd returns to the venue from February with a production adapted from Jean Genet’s The Maids and in doing so he will direct a cast that includes Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton and Laura Carmichael.

Aduba and Ashton portray the maids Solange and Claire and these characters spend their time in a bedroom planning the death of their Madam (played by Carmichael). Their fantasies of murder are shocking and violent and through their plans and circumstances we explore themes like gender, the class system and sex.

The show is an updated adaptation of Genet’s original novel. It has been penned by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton.

“Jamie (Lloyd) reinvents classic plays in a way that we’ve never seen before or have explored before” says Aduba. “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”.

And Aduba says this having already won over audiences worldwide for her television and stage work. She is perhaps best known for appearing in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black though she has also performed in the film Notes and the upcoming Showing Roots and Tallulah. When she appears on the stage of the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 1 she will be following up work that includes Venice at the Public Theater, Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre and Coram Boy at the Imperial Theatre, all in the United States.

Before The Maids opens, audiences can witness the work of the Jamie Lloyd Company as The Homecoming opens at Trafalgar Studios 1 on Saturday 14th November 2015 with Keith Allen, Gary Kemp and John Simm in roles.

The Maids then runs at the same venue from February 2016.

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