The Maids | © Lisa Tomasetti

By Jean Genet

With Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabelle Huppert

New English translation by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton

Director Benedict Andrews

Set and costume designer Alice Babidge

Lighting designer Nick Schlieper

Music Oren Ambarchi

Video designer Sean Bacon

Sound designer Luke Smiles

Sydney Theatre Company returns to Lincoln Center Festival with Cate Blanchett, Isabelle Huppert, and Elizabeth Debicki in Jean Genet’s The Maids. Inspired by the story of the infamous Papin sisters who brutally killed their employer and her daughter, Genet’s play delves into the rituals of siblings Claire and Solange—played by Blanchett and Huppert—as they take turns playing both sides of the power divide and plot the demise of the domineering Mistress (Debicki). The production is directed by one of Australia’s most regarded theatrical talents, Benedict Andrews.

In 2012, Sydney Theatre Company’s “glorious” (New York Times) production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya was a break-out hit of Lincoln Center Festival, and with this North American premiere of The Maids, the company brings yet another acclaimed new staging to New York. Critics raved that the ravishing glass-box set is “the perfect high-octane setting for the sisters’ fantasies of death and desire to unfold” (Time Out Sydney) and a “temple to narcissism, excess, and paranoia” (Huffington Post).

“This is an opportunity to see two of the world’s best actresses playing opposite one another in a confronting but absorbing play, and to witness the debut stage role of a young actress who is billed by many to be the next Cate Blanchett. Don’t miss it.”

—Telegraph.com.au (Australia)


“A radiant production!”

The Australian


“Isabelle Huppert delivers a strong, textured and playful performance.”

The Guardian (London)


“Debicki, who appeared as Jordan Baker in [Baz Luhrmann’s film of] The Great Gatsby, is a towering figure, in all senses. She commands attention as she crushes her mature maids with the cruel power of her youth and beauty.”

Huffington Post


“Benedict Andrews’s fine direction guides us beautifully through.”

The Australian

This performance is approximately one hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission.

Sydney Theatre Company

The Maids

Aug. 6–16

New performance added: August 9 at 2:00

Preview performances are on August 6 and 7. Opening night is August 8.

Accessible seating is available at New York City Center. To purchase, click here or call 212.581.1212.

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