The Maids

Trafalgar Studios

The Maids

20 Feb 2016 - 21 May 2016

£28.00 - £60.00

Pro reviewers rating
10 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

3.0 out of 5.0

A twisted tangle of love and hate, disgust and desire. The maids act out their fantasies of killing Madame, their deeply ritualistic role-playing pulling us into a world of fantasy and revenge.

An intense psychological thriller seething with unique theatricality and brimming with intrigue, a vicious analysis of the class system, and a provocative exploration of gender and sexuality.



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“Lloyd’s high-octane, queasily comic revival of Genet’s radical 1947 play... lurid, strange, bleak and powerfully transcendent. ”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“A new potty-mouthed version... Carmichael is good in her relatively brief appearances... Aduba and Ashton are spectacular. ”

West End Whingers

“Tremendous Aduba.. Mistress is played, beautifully and hoity-toitily by Carmichael...I love the way we are cast as voyeurs. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Ashton proves herself as a mesmerising live performer. She’s vulnerable, unpredictable and utterly in control. ”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

“Aduba as Solange lends the play a ferocity I had never quite glimpsed before... a remarkable tour de force... Highly impressive.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Genet loved a scene and my how he would have loved what Lloyd has done... All three actresses are sensationally good. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Challenging and surprising West End offering that ultimately delivers more flash than substance. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Bold casting... The performances are memorably intense... An unsubtle translation... robs the play of some of its wit. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Aduba steams and storms... Ashton slinks...Carmichael is a twirl of spoilt disdain... The dialogue is a cosh. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Lloyd’s direction is characteristically ‘challenging’ – in other words weird, ugly, violent, tricksy, all boast and no trouser. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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