Harry Enfield and Arthur Darvill will lead the cast of Hampstead’s world premiere of Jemma Kennedy’s breakthrough play Genesis Inc from 22 June to 28 July 2018 (press night is 28 June).
Enfield will make his Hampstead Theatre debut in the roles of Dr Marshall, God, Karl Marx and Margaret Mead. He will be joined by Darvill, Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Ritu Arya, Kirsty Besterman, Laura Howard, Shobu Kapoor, Clare Perkins and Arthur Wilson.
Directed by Laurie Sansom, this is a multifaceted tale of the final frontier of 21st-century capitalism: the privatisation of human reproduction. Described as a “richly imaginative, topical, and explosively funny new comedy”, Genesis Inc. takes a closer look at the lengths to which people will go to defy biology – and at the moral compass of an industry that trades on fear and hope.
Serena and Jeff have one last chance: Genesis Incorporated, whose glowing testimonials and bespoke treatments surely justify a final roll of the dice. Meanwhile, Bridget has put her future literally on ice while she focuses on her high-flying career and on finding Mr Right. And all Miles wants is a steady salary so he can buy a property in Zone 4 – oblivious to the fact that, in a different kind of currency, he’s actually the richest of them all…
The production is designed by Jess Curtis, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, composition by Zara Nunn, sound by Gareth Fry, video by Ian William Galloway and movement by Georgina Lamb
Harry Enfield plays Dr Marshall/Karl Marx/Ron/Margaret Mead/God. His theatre credits includes Once in a Lifetime (Young Vic). His television credits include The Windsors; Upstart Crow; Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul; Bad Education; Psychobitches; Blandings; It’s Kevin; The Hunt for Tony Blair and Skins.
Arthur Darvill plays Miles/Abraham. His theatre credits include Hir (Bush); Treasure Island (National Theatre); Once (Broadway/West End); Our Boys (Duchess); Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe); Is Everyone Ok? (Nabokov); Swimming with Sharks (Vaudeville); Terre Haute (tour/Trafalgar Studios); Stacey (Arcola) and Terre Haute (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh). Television work includes Broadchurch; Doctor Who.
Oliver Alvin-Wilson plays Jeff/Donna Summer/Ensemble. His theatre credits includes Nine Night; The Red Barn; Emperor and Galilean and All’s Well That Ends Well (National Theatre); The Twilight Zone (Almeida); Hamlet (Hamlet Scenen); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Young Vic); Othello (Stafford Gatehouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Merchant of Venice and Henry V (All Propeller); Antigone (Theatre Royal, Stratford East/Pilot Theatre); Doctor Faustus (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Citizens Theatre); Blue/Orange (UK tour); Romeo and Juliet and This Child (both Pilot Theatre); The Gala; World Poetry Day Recital and Seven Ages of Poetry (all RSC); Antony and Cleopatra (Nuffield Theatre); To Kill a Mockingbird (Theatre Clwyd/tour); Pigeon Love (The Space) and Much Ado About Nothing (Derby Live).
Ritu Arya plays Serena/Ensemble. Her theatre credits include Mother Christmas (Hampstead Theatre); Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse/Northern Stage); Mermaid (Shared Experience); Carpe Diem (National Theatre); The Collector (Arcola/Gilded Balloon); As You Like It (Transport Theatre); The Fourth Wise Man; 1001 Nights and Liar, Liar (all Unicorn).
Kirsty Besterman plays Daisy/Kiki/Serena’s Ovary 2/Hagar/Teenager/Nurse. Her theatre credits include Experience (Hampstead Theatre); Winter Solstice (ATC); Betrayal (Salisbury Playhouse); They Drink It in the Congo (Almeida); Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith); Arcadia (ETT); Separate Tables (Salisbury Playhouse); Tonight at 8.30 (Nuffield Theatre); Private Lives (Royal Lyceum); The Precariat (Finborough); School For Scandal (Park Theatre); Dangerous Corner (Salisbury Playhouse); Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Great Gatsby (Wilton’s Music Hall); Foxfinder (Finborough); The Importance of Being Earnest (Rose, Kingston); Twelfth Night (Ludlow Festival); Amy’s View (Nottingham Playhouse); Edmund (Wilton’s Music Hall); Liberty; Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice and Holding Fire (all Shakespeare’s Globe); Plunder (Watermill, Newbury); The Rivals (Theatre Royal, Bath/tour); Othello (International tour) and King Lear (RSC Academy).
Laura Howard plays Bridget/Serena’s Ovary 1/Angel 1. Her theatre credits include Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier and Always Orange (RSC); Crushed Shells and Mud (Southwark Playhouse); Invincible (Orange Tree/St James’ Theatre); Lost in Yonkers (Watford Palace); The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse); The Life of Riley and Communicating Doors (both Stephen Joseph); Two Women (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Look Back in Anger (Northern Stage); The Blue Room (Anvil Arts); Switzerland (Hightide); Dracula (Centerline/English Touring Consortium); The Hotel in Amsterdam (Donmar); Emma (Good Company); Arcadia (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Master Builder and The Taming of the Shrew (both ETT).
Shobu Kapoor plays Mita/Serena’s Vagina/Angel 3/Grandmother. Her theatre credits include Shakespeare Within the Abbey (Shakespeare’s Globe); Dinner With Saddam (Menier Chocolate Factory) and What Fatima Did… (Hampstead Theatre).
Clare Perkins plays Larissa/Sharon/Woman with Twins/Angel/Susan Sontag. Her theatre credits include The Immigrant (Hoxton Hall); Daisy Pulls It Off (Park Theatre); Nora (Corn Exchange); Primetime (Royal Court Upstairs/UK tour); Roundelay (Southwark Playhouse); The Convert (Gate); Removal Men (Yard Theatre); Play On and Little Revolution (both Almeida); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (National Theatre/UK & Ireland tour); The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle); The Rover (Hampton Court Palace); Neighbours (Hightide Festival); Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Shared Experience); The Hounding of David Oluwale (Eclipse Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Any Which Way (Only Connect Theatre Co); How Long Is Never? and Fabulation (Tricycle); Our Country’s Good and Cyrano de Bergerac (Southampton Nuffield); Generations of the Dead (Young Vic Studio); Ready or Not (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Mules (Clean Break/Royal Court) and Meridian (Contact Theatre).
Arthur Wilson plays Father Scales/Mortgage Advisor/Ishamael/Security Guard. Theatre work includes Things I Know To Be True (Frantic Assembly/State Theatre Company); Persuasion (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Crunch (Look Left Look Right); Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe); Man and Superman (National Theatre); The Comedy of Errors; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night (all Propeller); Project Space (Secret Cinema); Hard Times; If I were You and Tom’s Midnight Garden (all Library Theatre Company); Peter Pan (PPKG/US tour); Resurrection (Oran Mor); A Hole in the Fence (Box of Tricks Theatre Company); Home – Edinburgh (National Theatre of Scotland); Amid the Clouds (Tron Theatre) and The Borrowers (Citizens Theatre).
Jemma Kennedy is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Her first novel, Skywalking, was published in 2003. She was awarded a Jerwood Arvon Young Playwrights Apprenticeship in 2006 and was Pearson playwright in residence at the National Theatre in 2010. Her recent plays include The Prince and the Pauper (Unicorn Theatre); The Grand Irrationality (Lost Theatre Studio, Los Angeles); Don’t Feed The Animals (National Theatre Connections); The Summer Book (Unicorn Theatre); The Gift (New Vic Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent)) and Second Person Narrative for Tonic Theatre’s inaugural Platform play series. She is currently writing her first stage musical Electric Ladies for Universal Music.