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The Jamie Lloyd Company’s first production of 2016 will be the full-throttle UK premiere of a contemporary adaptation of Jean Genet’s masterpiece, The Maids – not seen in the West End for twenty years.

Director Jamie Lloyd has assembled a powerhouse trio of actors - double Emmy Award-winning Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey), to tackle this explosive psycho-drama. 

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.


Simply intoxicating - The Times

Ultra-cool, kinky, brilliant - Time Out

A fabulously acted revival - Financial Times

Customer Reviews

31 reviews
Mr Positive
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18 May 2016

The girls were magnificent. Perhaps a little editing as the first session particularly went on a bit too long. Editing would also make plot more powerful. Set lovely, great blossoms, lighting (tho' occasionally travelling light irritatingly in my eyes). Good to transfer it to southern states, more credible situation. Girls v. athletic, humour appreciated. Sometimes, particularly later, didn't perform to behind (I was in DD). Made me feel like real theatre, for a change -like when I saw it first (40?) years ago!

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14 May 2016

It was a very energetic piece and executed wonderfully by all members of the cast. All the performers were equally balanced and therefore complemented each other. If I had any thing negative to say it would be the length of the play without a break. It was for me to long without one.

Steve, Leigh-on-Sea
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14 May 2016

This is a difficult play to like so will not appeal to everyone. Nevertheless if you want to be challenged there is no doubt this is an excellent cast and an interesting evening.

Anne Delaney
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13 May 2016

Stunning performances from the three actors. Such energy and conviction from all three! Superb direction. Highly imaginative, sophisticated and slick. Loved the interpretation. I would highly recommend this play.

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10 May 2016

I felt extremely sorry for the two actress. The direction was dreadful. I walked out after an hour. Wish I'd gone sooner. My companion ,who like me is a frequent theatre goer thought it was possibly the worst play she had ever seen. What a waste of £90.00.



Trafalgar Studios Whitehall London SW1A 2DY

Cancellation Policy

No refunds available after purchase.

Good To Know

Please note: Zawe Ashton will not be appearing on the 17th March and 18th March performances.

Uzo Aduba will not be appearing on the 25th March and 26th March performances.

Please note Zawe Ashton will not be appearing in the matinee performances on 12th, 14th, 19th & 21st May.


How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email with a voucher attached.  Please print the voucher and bring it with you a minimum of 30 minutes before the show.

When Can I Go

20 Feb - 21 May 2016

  • Tuesday - Saturday at 7.30pm
  • Thursday + Saturday at 2.30pm

Where Do I Go

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

By bus: 3 11 12 24 53 77a 88 91 139 159 453

Closest Tube: Charing Cross and Embankment (Northern and Bakerloo)