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Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott M Delman and Tulchin Bartner Productions have announced that Jennifer Haley's multi-award winning play The Nether will transfer to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre for a limited 12 week season from 20 January 2015 to 25 April 2015, with an official opening on 23 February 2015.
The production is a Headlong and Royal Court Theatre co-production directed by Jeremy Herrin, and will feature original cast members Amanda Hale (Morris), Stanley Townsend (Sims) and Ivanno Jeremiah (Woodnut) as well as Zoe Brough and Isabella Pappas who will alternate the role of Iris.
The Nether opened at the Royal Court Theatre in July 2014. It received its world premiere in Spring 2013 produced by the Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, where it won an Ovation Award for Best Original Play and an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Writing.
"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."
The Nether was the first play Jeremy Herrin directed for Headlong as Artistic Director. It will also feature set designs by Es Devlin, costume designs by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Paul Pyant, compositions by Nick Powell, sound by Ian Dickinson and video design by Luke Halls.
Amanda Hale's previous theatre credits include 'Wastwater' and 'The City' for the Royal Court; 'King Lear' and 'Elektra' for Headlong and the Young Vic; 'The House of Bernarda Alba' for the Almeida Theatre and 'Our Class' for the National Theatre.
Ivanno Jeremiah's theatre credits include 'Truth and Reconciliation' for the Royal Court; 'Julius Caesar' for the Royal Shakespeare Company; 'As You Like It' for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and the international tour of 'The Suit'.
Stanley Townsend has previously starred in 'Tribes', 'The Alice Trilogy', 'Shining City', 'Under the Blue Sky' and 'The Weir' all for the Royal Court as well as 'King Lear', 'Phèdre', 'Gethsemane', 'Happy Now', 'Remember This' and 'Guys and Dolls' for the National Theatre.
Zoe Brough and Isabella Pappas made their professional stage debuts in The Nether at the Royal Court Theatre in 2014.