‘Sublime… mesmerising… captivating.’ What else have critics been saying about Maud Dromgoole’s new play Mary’s Babies, inspired by the shocking true story of fertility pioneer Mary Barton? We’ve rounded up review highlights below for the premiere production at Jermyn Street Theatre. Time to get booking!
Mary Barton, a pioneer of fertility treatment, thought her husband was perfect. And doesn’t every child deserve the perfect father? So Mary used her husband’s sperm to impregnate up to a thousand women, and then burnt all the records. A thousand resulting children, the ‘Barton Brood’, with no idea about their shared father. Meeting each other. Making friends. Having babies.
Emma Fielding and Katy Stephens star in Mary’s Babies, a fictional tale inspired by the true story of Mary Barton and the Barton Brood. Provocative, comic, and compelling, Maud Dromgoole‘s new play imagines a series of encounters between these unknowing half-siblings.
A co-production with Oak Theatre, Mary’s Babies is directed by Tatty Hennessy, with set and costume by Anna Reid, lighting by Jai Morjaria, sound by Yvonne Gilbert and casting by Matilda James. Mary’s Babies is part of Jermyn Street’s Portraits Season, celebrating the venue’s 25th birthday as an independent theatre in the heart of the West End.
Mary’s Babies runs from 20 March to 13 April 2019 at Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST, with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3.30pm. Tickets are priced £10-£30. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!