The Nether is Jeremy Herrin's first production for Headlong as Artistic Director. Previously, he trained as a theatre director at both the Royal Court and the National Theatre. Having trained at the RSAMD in Glasgow, he was an assistant director under Stephen Daldry at the Royal Court Theatre 1993-95. He was then a staff director at the National Theatre from 1995 to 1999 and in 2000 became Associate Director at Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne. He then became the Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre to Dominic Cooke 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. Herrin directed the world premieres of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies in two parts for the Royal Shakespeare Company – the productions transferred to the West End in May 2014 and will open on Broadway in March next year. His other recent credits include Another Country, Uncle Vanya and South Downs for Chichester Festival Theatre all of which transferred to the West End, This House for the National Theatre for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award, Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre and The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare’s Globe. Herrin’s production of David Hare’s The Absence of War will open at Sheffield Theatres in February 2015 prior to a UK tour to coincide with the general election.
Stage productions include Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn (Harold Pinter Theatre, 2012), Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2011), Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman (Harold Pinter Theatre, 2011), Haunted Child by Joe Penhall (Royal Court Theatre, 2011), South Downs by David Hare (Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 2011), Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (Globe Theatre, 2011), The Heretic by Richard Bean (Royal Court Theatre, 2011), Kin by E.V. Crowe (Royal Court Theatre, 2010), Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss (Royal Court Theatre, 2010) [Nominated for Evening Standard Award Best Director], The Laws of War by various authors (Royal Court Theatre, 2010), The Priory by Michael Wynne (Royal Court Theatre, 2009), Tusk, Tusk by Polly Stenham (Royal Court Theatre, 2009), [Nominated for the Evening Standard Award Best Director], Marble by Marina Carr (Abbey Theatre, 2009), The Family Reunion by T.S. Eliot (Donmar Warehouse, 2008), The Vertical Hour by David Hare (Royal Court Theatre, 2008), Statement of Regret by Kwame Kwei-Armah (National Theatre, 2007), Blackbird by David Harrower (The Market Theatre, 2007), That Face by Polly Stenham (Royal Court Theatre, 2007) [Nominated for Best New Play in the Laurence Olivier Awards], Gathered Dust and Dead Skin by Joe Harbot (Live Theatre, 2007), The Lovers by Bridget O'Connor (Live Theatre, 2005), Our Kind of Fun by Alice de Smith (Live Theatre, 2004), Toast new version by Richard Bean (Live Theatre, 2004), Sudden Collapses in Public Places by Julia Darling (Live Theatre, 2004), Dirty Nets by Karen Laws (Live Theatre, 2004), Smack Family Robinson by Richard Bean (Live Theatre, 2003), Attachments by Julia Darling (Live Theatre, 2003), From the Underworld by Sean O'Brien (Live Theatre, 2001), The Last Post by Julia Darling (Live Theatre before touring County Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria, 2000), Personal Belongings by Julia Darling (Live Theatre, 2000).