Full casting is announced for our major new production of Jean Genet’s The Maids, between Fri 16 Nov – Sat 1 Dec. Based on the true story of murderous duo The Papin sisters, Genet’s infamous The Maids is a radical modern classic. Well ahead of its time, it explodes with contemporary ideas about class conflict, sexual identity, and political outcasts.
In the title roles at HOME are Jake Fairbrother as Claire and Luke Mullins as Solange. Jake’s many theatre credits include The Lady From The Sea (Donmar Warehouse) and Twelfth Night (Crucible Theatre). His film roles include Skyfall, Stratton, and Sandcastle, and on TV has appeared in NW and Holby City. Luke’s equally illustrious theatre roles include Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (The Old Vic) and Waiting For Godot (The Barbican). Television credits include New Blood (BBC) and Reef Doctors (Network Ten).
Danny Lee Wynter completes the cast in the role of Madame. His theatre credits include Cell Mates (Hampstead Theatre), Forty Years On (Chichester Festival) and The Miser (The Royal Exchange). His TV credits include Episodes, Mr Stink, Luther, Joe’s Palace and Capturing Mary. Danny is also a Founder of The Act For Change Project which aims to strengthen diversity in the live and recorded arts.
In addition to the cast announcement, we’re also excited to share with you the plans to transform our main house theatre for The Maids into the round for the first time. Building over the stalls seating area, the stage will be raised up to the height of the circle – and audiences will be able to watch from both on and off the stage in a specially built seating area.
Lily Sykes is making her HOME directorial debut, having spent most of her professional career in Germany. Hear Lily talk about the history of the play and it’s timely links to today below:
To find out more about The Maids and book here.