The Nether

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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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The Nether Post Show Q&As

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.


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 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 Rehearsal Diary- Week 1

The meet and greet - a staple of every rehearsal process’s first day. One by one the members of the circle name themselves and tell the group what they do.

Vicky Featherstone, artistic director of the Court, and director Jeremy Herrin welcome everyone and we sit down for the first read-through.

1984 and Contemporary Surveillance

Dr. Btihaj Ajana, Dr. Claudia Aradau and Prof. Alex Callinicos discuss the relationship between Orwell's own experiences in post-war London, his vision of 1984 and our contemporary surveillance society.

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.

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.

The Nether Trailer

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


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.

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.'

★ ★ ★ ★ 


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

★ ★ ★ ★ 


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

★ ★ ★ ★


'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.'

★ ★ ★ ★


Matt Smith on American Psycho

Miles Alridge photographs Matt Smith and the cast of American Psycho in impeccable attitre. Jeremy Langmead talks to Matt Smith about taking on the iconic role of Patrick Bateman.

Blanche McIntyre on The Seagull

Blanche McIntyre gives Judi Herman a director's-eye-view of The Seagull.

Bret Easton Ellis on American Psycho

Bret Easton Ellis on American Psycho and his return to LA.

Power of Imagination

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

Ben Kidd on Frank Wedekind

Frank Wedekind wasn’t really a playwright. Of course that makes no sense, since he wrote a whole bunch of plays, but it does have a meaning and it is possibly helpful to remember when staging Spring Awakening.

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