Friday, 6 November 2015

Jamie Lloyd to direct Uzo Aduba, Zawe Ashton & Laura Carmichael in The Maids

It has been announced that Jamie Lloyd will direct Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) and Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) in the UK premiere of The Maids next year,

The play will open at Trafalgar Studios on 29th February (previews from 20th February) and run until 21st May 2016. Tickets are on sale from Tuesday 10th November 2015. Design is by Soutra Gilmour.

Uzo Aduba said: "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."

Zawe Ashton said: "Being a part of The Jamie Lloyd Company is an opportunity I've been coveting for a long time! Jamie and I are reuniting on this production, having worked together on Headlong’s production of Salome, and I couldn't be more thrilled. I've always been so excited by his vision as a director and to not only be collaborating with him but with two exquisite actors like Uzo and Laura on this fresh take on a classic text, is very juicy indeed. The Maids is one of my favourite ever plays and Jamie is one of my very favourite directors to work with. He's assembled such a dynamic company in every aspect and I know we all feel very excited about this unique material continuing to widen the reach the Trafalgar has when it comes to bringing a diverse and dynamic audience in through its doors."

Laura Carmichael said: "I'm really looking forward to working on The Maids. Jamie is such an exciting director. I love the way he tackles these classic plays. He has a clear vision and a passion to attract young audiences that I think is really cool. I'm also a big fan of Uzo and Zawe so am really excited to be working them."

The Maids follows Lloyd's production of The Homecoming starring Gemma Chan, Gary Kemp and John Simm which runs at Trafalgar Studios between 14th November 2015 and 13th February 2016.

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