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Casting announced for Genesis Inc. at Hampstead Theatre

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CASTING has been announced for the world premiere of Jemma Kennedy’s Genesis Inc. which runs at Hampstead Theatre from June 28 (previews from June 22) to July 28.

Harry Enfield will make his Hampstead Theatre debut in the roles of Dr Marshall, God, Karl Marx and Margaret Mead. He will be joined by Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Ritu Arya, Kirsty Besterman, Arthur Darvill, Laura Howard, Shobu Kapoor, Clare Perkins and Arthur Wilson.

Oliver Alvin-Wilson plays Jeff/Donna Summer/Ensemble. His many theatre credits include Nine Night, The Red Barn, Emperor and Galilean and All’s Well That Ends Well (National Theatre); The Twilight Zone (Almeida Theatre); 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 (Propeller); Doctor Faustus (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Citizens Theatre); and Blue/Orange. (UK tour).

He has also appeared on television in The Rebel, Collateral, Lovesick, From Cradle to Grave, Misfits, Hollyoaks and Casualty.

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 Theatre/Gilded Balloon); and The Fourth Wise Man, 1001 Nights and Liar, Liar (Unicorn Theatre). Her screen work inlcudes Daphne, The Super Recogniser (short film) and My Beautiful White Skin (short film); Humans (seasons 2 and 3), Good Karma Hospital 2, Doctors, Crackanory, We the Jury Sherlock: The Sign of Three (series 3) and The Tunnel (TV).

Kirsty Besterman plays Daisy/Kiki/Serena’s Ovary 2/Hagar/Teenager/Nurse. Her many theatre credits include Experience (Hampstead Theatre); Winter Solstice (ATC); Betrayal, Separate Tables and Dangerous Corner (Salisbury Playhouse); They Drink It in the Congo (Almeida Theatre); Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith); The Precariat and Foxfinder (Finborough Theatre); School For Scandal (Park Theatre); Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Great Gatsby and Edmund (Wilton’s Music Hall). Her film and television credits include Chicken, Holby City, Father Brown, Silent Witness, Foyle’s War and Doctors.

Arthur Darvill plays Miles/Abraham. His theatre credits include Hir (Bush Theatre); Treasure Island (National Theatre); Once (Broadway/West End); Our Boys (Duchess Theatre); Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe); Swimming with Sharks (Vaudeville Theatre); Terre Haute (tour/Trafalgar Studios – Nominated For Outstanding Newcomer Evening Standard Award 2007); Stacey (Arcola Theatre) and Terre Haute (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh).

His screen credits include Sex, Drugs, Rock N Roll and Pelican Blood (film); Legends of Tomorrow, Danny and the Human Zoo, Broadchurch (Series 1, 2 & 3), The White Queen, The Paradise, Doctor Who, Little Dorritt, He Kills Coppers and The Verdict (TV). His work as a composer includes Been So Long (Young Vic/Traverse); Fantastic Mr Fox (Nuffield/Lyric/tour); I Want My Hat Back (National Theatre); The Frontline and The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Stoopud Fucken Animals (Traverse).

Harry Enfield plays Dr Marshall/Karl Marx/Ron/Margaret Mead/God. His theatre credits include Once in a Lifetime (Young Vic). His film credits include Swallows and Amazons, Scottish Mussel, Acts of Godfrey, Churchill: The Hollywood Years and Tooth. His television work includes The Windsors, Upstart Crow, Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul (winner of a British Comedy Award and two BAFTA TV Awards), Bad Education, Psychobitches, Blandings, It’s Kevin, The Hunt for Tony Blair and Skins.

Laura Howard plays Bridget/Serena’s Ovary 1/Angel 1. Her many 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 Theatre/St James’ Theatre); Lost in Yonkers (Watford Palace); The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse); Two Women (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Look Back in Anger (Northern Stage); The Hotel in Amsterdam (Donmar Warehouse); Arcadia (Chichester Festival Theatre); and The Master Builder and The Taming of the Shrew (ETT).

Her screen credits include Get Well Soon, The Responsibility Virgin and Queens Park Story (film); Casualty, Cuffs, The Delivery Man, Young Dracula, EastEnders, Doctors, Midsomer Murders (series regular, seasons 1-13), Cold Enough For Snow, Eskimo Day, Soldier Soldier, Covington Cross and So Haunt Me (TV).

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). Her film and television credits include Boogie Man, Shoot Me. Kiss Me. Cut!, Acts of Godfrey, EastEnders, Citizen Khan, Unforgotten,
Krypton, Clean Break, The Split
and The Boy With the Topknot.

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); Primetime (Royal Court Upstairs/UK tour); Roundelay (Southwark Playhouse); The Convert (Gate Theatre); Play On and Little Revolution (Almeida Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (National Theatre/UK and Ireland tour); The House That Will Not Stand, How Long Is Never? and Fabulation (Tricycle Theatre); The Rover (Hampton Court Palace); and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre).

Her screen credits include Blacklands, 7Lives, Deadmeat, Bullet Boy, Secrets and Lies and Ladybird, Ladybird (film); Death in Paradise, Damned, Doctors, Run, EastEnders, Verbatim Riots, Learning: True Stories, Holby City, Clapham Junction, All in the Game, The Messenger, Family Affairs, Learning Zone Drama, Baby Father, Mersey Beat, A&E, My Wonderful Life and Pigheart Boy (TV).

Arthur Wilson plays Father Scales/Mortgage Advisor/Ishamael/Security Guard. His theatre work includes Things I Know To Be True (Frantic Assembly/State Theatre Company); Persuasion (Manchester Royal Exchange); 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 (Propeller); and Project Space (Secret Cinema).

His film and television work includes Opus, Call the Midwife, Law and Order, The Academy and Sea of Souls.

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.

Genesis Inc. is directed by Laurie Sansom and 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.

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