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Full casting announced for West End transfer of THE NETHER

The NetherDavid Calder joins the West End cast of The Nether to play Doyle, at the Duke of York’s Theatre with Previews from 30th January 2015 and opening on 23rd February 2015. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, Jennifer Haley’s critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning play is booking for a limited 12 week run to 25 April 2015. 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.

Calder joins original cast members 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 as they previously did at the Royal Court.  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.

There will be 100 tickets available at each performance at £20.50 and Royal Court pricing throughout the preview period. 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. 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.

David Calder’s more recent theatre credits include The Doctor’s Dilemma, Hamlet and Marat Sade for the National Theatre, Home for the Theatre Royal Bath, the title role in King Lear for Shakespeare’s Globe, Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Duke of York’s Theatre, The Merchant of Venice for Royal Shakespeare Company, Five Gold Ring’s for the Almeida Theatre and Little Foxes for the Donmar Warehouse.  His more recent television credits include Cuckoo, Casualty, Utopia S2, Houdini, The Wrong Mans, Mr Selfridge, Lewis, Titanic, Edward VIII:  The Plot to Topple a King and New Tricks.  His film credits include Queen of the Desert, Rush, United, Red Riding 1980, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Goya’s Ghosts and Perfume.

Amanda Hale was most recently seen on stage in Jagged Edge’s production of Uncle Vanya at the St James Theatre.  Her 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, Our Class for the National Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest for Oxford Playhouse, After Dido for the Young Vic and Pornography for Birmingham Rep/Traverse Theatre.  Her extensive television credits include Dates, The White Queen, Ripper Street, Rev, Being Human, Spooks, Richard is My Boyfriend and Persuasion.  Her film credits include The Invisible Woman, The Look of Love and Bright Star.

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).

The Nether
Theatre: Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG
Dates: 30 January – 25 April 2015
Press Night: 23 February at 7pm
Running time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, with no interval
Performances: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday & Saturday matinees at 2.30pm First midweek matinee 12 February 2015


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