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The Nether - full casting announced

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Jennifer Haley’s The Nether, which runs at the Royal Court (Jerwood Theatre Downstairs) from July 24 (previews from July 17) to August 9, 2014.

The line up includes Stanley Townsend, Amanda Hale, David Beames, Ivanno Jeremiah, Zoe Brough and Isabella Pappas.

The Nether is a Royal Court and Headlong co-production, directed by Headlong’s Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin.

I’ve read the studies. No one has been able to draw a conclusive correlation between virtual behaviour and behaviour in-world.

Set in the not-too-distant future, The Nether offers complete freedom – a wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of imagination.

Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both an intricate crime drama and a haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the repercussions of making dreams a reality.

Stanley Townsend’s Royal Court credits include Tribes, The Alice Trilogy, Shining City and The Weir. His credits elsewhere include King Lear and Phedre (National Theatre), Broken Glass (Tricycle Theatre) and A View from a Bridge (Lyceum, Edinburgh). On screen, he has appeared in 24: Live Another Day, Ripper Street and Quirke.

Amanda Hale, who previously appeared at the Royal Court in Wastwater, last appeared for Headlong in King Lear (Liverpool Everyman/Young Vic). Her other theatre credits include Eldorado (Arcola Theatre), The Domino Heart (Finborough Theatre) and The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida Theatre). Her screen work includes Dates, The White Queen and Being Human (TV); The Invisible Woman and The Look of Love (film).

David Beames’ last appeared for Headlong in The Seagull (UK Tour) and at the Royal Court in Borderline and Colder Climate. His credits elsewhere include Happy Days (Young Vic), Chariots of Fire (Gielgud Theatre) and The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Ivanno Jeremiah last appeared at the Royal Court in Truth and Reconciliation. His other theatre credits include Julius Caesar (RSC) and As You Like It (West Yorkshire Playhouse). He has also appeared on television in The Jury.

Zoe Brough and Isabella Pappas are making their professional stage debuts with The Nether.

The Nether is the second show in Jeremy Herrin’s inaugural season as Artistic Director of Headlong and follows the huge critical success of Anya Reiss’s Spring Awakening. His most recent credits include the RSC’s hugely successful and critically acclaimed adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, which is currently playing in the West End.

Herrin was Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 2009 until 2012, where his credits included No Quarter, Hero, Haunted Child, The Heretic, Kin, Spur of the Moment, Off the Endz, The Priory, Tusk Tusk, The Vertical Hour and That Face, which transferred to the West End.

His other credits include This House (National Theatre), for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Director, Uncle Vanya and South Downs (Chichester Festival Theatre) which transferred to the West End, Absent Friends (West End) and The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Jennifer Haley is an L.A. based playwright. Her play The Nether premiered at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2013, where it won the Susan Smith Blackburn prize, the Ovation Award for Best New Play and an L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award. Her other credits include Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Breadcrumbs (Contemporary American Theatre Festival) and Sustainable Living, which was featured at the Ojai Playwrights Conference.

Haley’s play Froggy is in development with The Banff Centre and American Conservatory Theatre and she is currently writing for the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove.

NB: The Nether is suitable for ages 18+. Contains adult content and language and scenes of a disturbing nature.

Tickets: £32, £22, £16, £12. Mondays all seats £10 (available in advance to Friends and Supporters subject to availability and on the day of the performance from 9am online). Concessions available.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (from July 26); Thursday matinees at 2.30pm (from July 31).

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