Stanley Townsend in Jennifer Haley’s The Nether at the Duke of York’s Theatre
The Futuristic Play, Dealing with the Implications of a Digital World, Previously Appeared at the Royal Court Theatre
The Duke of York’s Theatre is set to become the home of the recent Royal Court Theatre show The Nether, a production that was put together with the Headlong Theatre Company, and in doing so it will be welcoming cast members like Stanley Townsend, Amanda Hale, Zoe Brough, Ivanno Jeremiah, and Isabella Pappas.
The production appeared at the Royal Court Theatre until August this year and Townsend, Hale and Jeremiah all took on roles alongside David Beames (who has not been announced for the Duke of York’s production, though the full cast has not yet been revealed).
Stanley Townsend has enjoyed a successful career that has included a wide range of stage roles, plus television and film credits too. Audiences that have picked up theatre tickets over the years may recognise him from the likes of Happy Now! at the National Theatre, The Plough And The Stars at the Young Vic, Tribes at the Royal Court Theatre and Prayers Of Sherkin at the Old Vic, among others. Others might remember him from films such as Nativity, Happy-Go-Lucky and Killing Bono, to name but a few, as well as shows such as 24: Live Another Day.
The Nether takes us to a future in the middle of the 20th century where the world offers virtual entertainment, which can indulge users in their fantasies whilst remaining unknown. But this world has a dark side and when a detective happens upon the show explores some harsh and topical themes.
The production is penned by Jennifer Haley and directed by Jeremy Herrin, the Artistic Director of the Headlong Theatre. Haley is a renowned writer whose work has earned her plenty of attention, particularly in Los Angeles where some of her shows have been staged. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards.
The Headlong Theatre has had great success in presenting shows that have found a voice in the capital over the years, including the recent production of 1984 that appeared at the Playhouse Theatre this year, the Olivier Award-winning Chimerica at the Harold Pinter Theatre and The Effect at the National Theatre.
Following on from the current production of Neville’s Island, The Nether runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from Monday 23rd February 2015 (previews from Tuesday 20th January 2015) to Saturday 25th April 2015.