Directed by Jeremy Herrin, Jennifer Haley’s critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning play The Nether opened last night (23 February 2015) at the Duke of York’s Theatre following a sell out run at the Royal Court.
Guest included David Baddiel, Michael Burke, Onna Chaplin, Jenny Eclair, Lynne Faulds Wood, Michael Gambon, Ian Hislop, Mark Little, Emily Maitlis, Ivan Massow, Nick Moran, Sophie Okonedo, Linda Papadopolous, Alan Rickman, Joan Smith, Charlie Stayt, Janet Street-Porter, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Zoe Wanamaker
The cast of The Nether comprises David Calder (Doyle), Amanda Hale (Morris), Ivanno Jeremiah (Woodnut) and Stanley Townsend (Sims) who are joined by Zoe Brough and Isabella Pappas who will alternate the role of Iris. 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.
In a Headlong and Royal Court Theatre co-production, The Nether is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions and Scott M Delman in association with Tulchin Bartner Productions, Lee Dean & Charles Diamond, 1001 Nights, JFL Theatricals/GHF Productions, Scott & Brian Zeilinger/James Lefkowitz.
The Nether offers complete feedom – 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 is the latest in a number of collaborations between Sonia Friedman Productions and the Royal Court Theatre (Rock ‘n’ Roll, Clybourne Park, Jerusalem in the West End and The River on Broadway) and Headlong (1984 and Chimerica).
Development of The Nether was supported by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center during a residency at the National Playwrights Conference 2011, Preston Whiteway, Executive Director; Wendy Goldberg, Artistic Director.