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The Absence of War

6th Feb 2015 - 25th Apr 2015

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The Nether

17th Jul 2014 - 25th Apr 2015

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17th Feb 2015 - 24th Mar 2015

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The Nether transfers to the West End

Following a sold-out run at the Royal Court Theatre, Jennifer Haley’s critically-acclaimed, multi-award-winning play transfers to London’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited 12-week run.

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.

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The Absence of War

It's now or never for George Jones. The charismatic leader of the Labour Party needs to get out of opposition and into Number Ten. Plagued by a hostile media, beset by divisions in his party and haunted by his own demons, George has three weeks to convince the Great British Public that he's their man.

But how much compromise is he prepared to make? How can you truly appeal to the man in the street from the House of Commons? And which tie should he wear for Prime Minister's Questions?

Headlong presents a vigorous new production of David Hare’s funny, stinging political drama on a timely national tour during the build up to the 2015 General Election.

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The Absence of War Glossary

What was 'The Agency'? What are PMQs? How do party leadership elections work? Find out more about parliament, its history and the people who have walked its halls in our short guide to the terms referenced in David Hare's The Absence of War.

The Nether Trailer

Take a look at our new interactive trailer for The Nether.

 

The Absence of War Rehearsal Diary - Week 3

This week has flown by. The second week ended with elation and giddiness after we finished a run through of the entire play. Now, everyone has a new focus and they are ready to go back and find more detail. Morale is good and the actors are working without their scripts in hand. I am acting as a second pair of eyes for Jeremy, moving from chair to chair to watch scenes from each side.

The Nether Rehearsal Diary- Week 3

Week 3 - hardware/software

There’s a whole host of well-worn analogies for the rehearsal process - painting in various thickness of strokes, weaving a tapestry, conducting a composition - but I’m going to use a Nether-themed image and go with hardware and software. The hardware is the script, the actors, the furniture - all the concrete elements that we’re working with. The software is the intangible results -  the ideas, the relationships, the atmospheres, the meanings.  

Theatre and Technology

Robert Delamere, Jeremy Herrin, Dawn King and Tassos Stevens discuss the ways in which technology is transforming contemporary theatre and performance.

The British Political System

Photograph: Tony Hisgett

Gain a better understanding of how the British political system works, its history and some of ways in which it differs from other political systems.

The Nether Reviewed

'The director Jeremy Herrin’s taut staging — a Royal Court and Headlong co-production — is superbly cast and stunningly designed by Es Devlin and Luke Halls.'

★ ★ ★ ★ 

THE TIMES

'Jeremy Herrin [directs a] brilliant production of Jennifer Haley's deeply disturbing and very responsibly provocative play.'

★ ★ ★ ★ 

THE INDEPENDENT

'This is a compelling, profoundly disturbing 80 minutes of theatre, hammered home by some of the best visuals I've ever seen on stage'

★ ★ ★ ★

THE OBSERVER

'With The Nether,[The Royal Court] has a thought-provoking, deeply disconcerting success on its hands, in a co-production with the outstanding Headlong company.'

★ ★ ★ ★

THE TELEGRAPH

Who represents your views?

Vote for Policies is a website that allows you to compare what six UK political parties are promising to do if you vote for them in the May 2015 General Election. The survey covers a range of key issues and allows you to focus on the issues that are most important to you.

Performing 1984

The cast are interviewed in the rehearsal room.

The cast of the autumn 2014 tour of 1984 discuss their thoughts on the play and the experience of performing 1984 on stage.

Es Devlin on Good Ideas and Hard Work

Es Devlin talks to Ideas Tap about her approach to her work and the qualities that you need to become a successful designer.

Power of Imagination

Carl Jung on the incredible creative power of the human imagination.

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