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The Jamie Lloyd Company have announced their next production as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season at the Trafalgar Studios 1, which will be the first London production in over 20 years of Jean Genet’s play The Maids in a new version by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton. The production will run from 20 February to 21 May 2016.
Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the production will star double Emmy Award winner Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) with further casting to be announced.
"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."
Uzo Aduba is an American actress who has recently won two Emmy Awards for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black. Her Broadway credits include 'Coram Boy' and 'Godspell'.
Speaking of the announcement, the actress commented:
"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..."
Tickets will go on general sale from 10 November 2015.