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Booking from: Friday, 30 January 2015
Booking until: Saturday, 25 April 2015
It's the year 2050 and the internet is no more. It has evolved. Now it's called The Nether. It's an uncannily free place where you can experience total, 100% sensory immersion and it feels almost exactly like reality. Most people go to work there, attend school there and entertain themselves there. It's all-encompassing. The real world fades into the background as you log in, pick an identity and indulge yourself in any way you like, no matter how strange, dangerous or sinister your digital adventures turn out to be.
The resulting play is part intelligent and intricate crime drama, part haunting thriller, revealing an investigation into the complex and disturbing waters of human morality and what it means to live in the brave new Nether world. Looking at what happens to people when they're free to make every dream come true, it's thoroughly unnerving, a creepy classic in the making if there ever was one.
Jeremy Herrin directs, fresh from smash hits Wolf Hall / Bring Up The Bodies and This House. Add the involvement of Sonia Friedman Productions, Headlong and the Royal Court theatre and this play's excellent pedigree is clear: something very special, definitely not to be missed, especially if you like your theatrical experiences to be thought provoking.
Early reviews bear out high expectations. The Times calls it “A seriously intelligent play, important and thought provoking. Ingenious.” The Independent says it's “A brilliant production, I urge you to go”. The Daily Telegraph says it, “Taps into one of the most urgent and disturbing issues of our times”, Time Out says it's a gripping thriller with all the fascination of a whodunnit. And The Sunday Times delights in “its ingeniousness”.
The story is so powerful it could easily end up far too serious and heavy. But the US playwright Jennifer Haley manages to keep things light, using science fiction to reveal points about the potentially dark future of the internet we know and love.
At the story's heart sits a compelling real-life detective story. It's supremely dark, starring the dodgy, horribly wealthy entrepreneur Sims. His splendid virtual Hideaway recreates a beautiful Victorian country estate where clients in their anonymous Nether guises can do exactly what they like to the virtual children who live there – which is one of the reasons it's restricted to theatregoers aged 16 and over.
The Nether tickets – Dark, disturbing and restricted to people aged 16+.
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16+. Contains adult content and language and scenes of a disturbing nature.