Date(s) - 17 Jul 2013
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Booking information available at sydneytheatre.com.au. Please ensure you request a seat with a good view of the captioning screens, at the time of booking.
Sydney Theatre Company and
Colonial First State Global Asset Management present
By Jean Genet
In a new translation by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton
Sibling rivalry, class envy and high fashion: a combustible combination in this short, sharp reworking of French bad boy of letters Jean Genet’s 1947 play.
Genet loosely based his tale on the true story of the Papin sisters, maids convicted of killing their employer. His version of the tale depicts a series of sadomasochistic rituals in which housemaids Solange and Claire fantasise about killing their madame while – naturally – dressing up in her outfits.
Who better to realise this uncanny scenario than director Benedict Andrews – recently acclaimed here and in Europe for his lean and insightful production of Gross und Klein (Big and Small).
And as the maids? None other than Cate Blanchett and French screen legend Isabelle Huppert.
With a stellar creative team comprised of designer Alice Babidge and lighting designer Nick Schlieper, The Maids surely promises to be one of the theatre events of the year.
Duration: 90mins (no interval)