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Emma Fielding and Katy Stephens to co-star in Mary's Babies at Jermyn Street Theatre

Mary’s Babies

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TWO of Britain’s best-known classical actors, Emma Fielding and Katy Stephens, are to co-star in Mary’s Babies. A funny and compelling play about family and fertility by Maud Dromgoole, it runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from Wednesday, March 20 to Saturday, April 13, 2019.

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’, have no idea about their shared father. Meeting each other. Making friends. Having babies.

Mary’s Babies is a fictional tale inspired by the true story of Mary Barton and the Barton Brood, researched through surveys and interviews. Provocative, comic, and compelling, Maud Dromgooles new play imagines a series of encounters between these unknowing half-siblings.

Emma Fielding’s roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she is an Associate Artist, include Imogen in Cymbeline, Isabella in Measure for Measure and Lady Teazle in The School For Scandal. She has recently starred as Mrs Allonby in A Woman of No Importance in the West End.

Fielding’s other roles include Lady Macbeth in John Caird’s production of Macbeth at the Almeida, Sybil in Private Lives in the West End and on Broadway, and creating roles in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia and Rock ‘n’ Roll. As well as multiple Olivier Award nominations, she has won Critics’ Circle and Ian Charleson Awards.

Katy Stephens is also an Associate Artist at the RSC, where her roles include Rosalind in As You Like It, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Regan in King Lear, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Sarah in Mark Ravenhill’s Candide, and Joan of Arc/Margaret of Anjou in Michael Boyd’s Histories Cycle.

Stephens’ work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes Clytemnestra in The Oresteia, Calpurnia in Julius Caesar and Iras in Antony and Cleopatra. Her awards include the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actress in 2009 for the RSC’s Histories Cycle as well as being part of the team that won the Olivier Award for Best Ensemble Performance for the same show.

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