"Starkly compelling"
-Evening Standard-

"Relentlessly gripping"

"Chilling thriller"
-The Financial Times-

Sorry, The Nether closed on 25 Apr 2015

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About the show

Headlong’s first show under new artistic director Jeremy Herrin transfers to the West End after a successful run at the Royal Court.

Described as part sci-fi thriller part crime drama Jennifer Haley’s provocative new play explores the ethics of virtual reality and paedophilia in a digital age.

The play is set in a world where the internet has become a virtual reality playground known as ‘The Nether’. Users are able to log in select an identity and explore a sensory world that allows them to act out their fantasies. Morris a young female detective becomes obsessed with finding the identity of a man who calls himself Papa and runs an establishment in the Nether known as ‘The Hide Away’, that provides a disturbing form of entertainment for its guests.

The Nether received its world premiere in March 2013 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Los Angles. It was awarded with the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, a Los Angles Ovation Award and Drama Critics Circle Award.

The show is directed by esteemed theatre director Jeremy Herrin who has recently directed the incredibly successful RSC productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. This is his first production as the artistic director of Headlong.

The show features a stunning design by maverick designer Es Devlin.

Amanda Hale, Stanley Townsend and Ivanno Jeremiah all reprise their roles along with Zoe Brough and Isabella Pappas who will alternate the role of Iris.

The Nether opened at the Duke of York’s theatre on the 30th of January 2015 and will play a limited 12 week season until April 25th 2015.

Who Should See It?

Fans of sci-fi/crime dramas will enjoy this thriller that delves into the darker side of virtual reality. Please note The Nether is recommended for  ages 16+  as it contains adult content and language and scenes of a disturbing nature

Playing at

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Seating Plan

Duke of York's Theatre seating plan

Booking period

30th Jan 2015

20th Feb 2020

25th Apr 2015

Running time

Approx 1 hour 20 minutes without an interval


Recommended for 16+