Friday, 17 October 2014

The Nether transfers to the West End; first casting announced

It has been announced that Jennifer Haley’s The Nether will transfer to the West End. The Headlong and Royal Court Theatre's co-production is directed by Jeremy Herrin.

The show will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 23rd February 2015 (previews from 30th January). It is booking for a twelve week season until 25th April 2015. 

The Nether, winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, opened at the Royal Court Theatre in July this year where it played to sell-out audiences. Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott M Delman and Tulchin Bartner Productions are behind the play's West End transfer

Original cast members Amanda Hale (Morris), Stanley Townsend (Sims) and Ivanno Jeremiah (Woodnut) are joined by Zoe Brough and Isabella Pappas who will alternate the role of Iris as they did at the Royal Court. Final casting will be announced shortly. 

Set designs are by Es Devlin, with costume designs by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Paul Pyant, compositions by Nick Powell, sound by Ian Dickinson and video design by Luke Halls. 

The Nether offers complete freedom – a new virtual wonderland providing total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. An intricate crime drama and a haunting thriller set in the year 2050, The Nether follows an investigation into the complicated, disturbing morality of identity in the digital world, and explores the consequences of making dreams a reality.

Haley’s play received its world premiere in Spring 2013 produced by the Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles and won her an Ovation Award for Best Original Play and an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Writing.

Public booking for the West End transfer of The Nether opens on 22nd October 2014. 

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