The Haystack Tickets

Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage
The Haystack
Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage

Neil and Zef are two twenty-something computer whizzes with questionable dress sense and a highly developed interest in video games and Netflix. They’re also the UK’s ‘National Defence Information Security Team’ - recruited by GCHQ for their sky-high IQs and ability to work quickly and discreetly, no questions asked.  

With unfettered access to the world’s data and infinite powers of electronic intrusion, these unlikely agents are essential cogs in the national security machine. But when their window onto intelligence operations shows them more than they were meant to see, they begin to question their roles in a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not…

Al Blyth’s explosive espionage thriller challenges the ‘nothing to hide, nothing to fear’ mantra and explores how we can live honestly, love freely, and stay authentic when the advances in cutting-edge technology outpace the law.

The Haystack is Blyth’s first full-length play and Roxana Silbert makes her directing debut as Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director. 

The cast will include Lucy Black as Denise, Oliver Johnstone as Neil, Rona Morison as Cora, Enyi Okoronkwo as Zef and Sarah Woodward as Hannah.

Previews from |
31st January 2020
Opening date |
6th February 2020
Booking from |
11th March 2020
Available until |
12th March 2020
Closes |
12th March 2020
Run time |
2 hours 45 minutes
Al Blyth
Roxana Silbert
Rick Fisher
Ben and Max Ringham
Tom Piper
Wayne Parsons
Emma Cains
Cast list:
Lucy Black, Oliver Johnstone, Rona Morison, Sarah Woodward

Hampstead Theatre Venue Information

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3EU
Nearest tube:
Swiss Cottage

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Latest The Haystack News & Features

Oliver Johnstone: "The Haystack questions whether mass surveillance is necessary"
Monday, 03 February, 2020, 16:57
If you had the equipment to be able to find out anything you wanted to online, how deep would you search? That’s the decision two computer geeks have to face as they're recruited into the national defence security team, using cutting-edge technology to investigate a questionable journalist. Exploring the consequences of surveillance in the present day, Al Blyth’s world premiere of The Haystack asks what happens when methods develop faster than the law. Ahead...
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Full casting announced for The Haystack at the Hampstead Theatre
Monday, 16 December, 2019, 11:33
Ahead of the world premiere of The Haystack at the Hampstead Theatre next month, full casting has been announced. Exploring the worlds of Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) and national surveillance, The Haystack follows Neil and Zef, two young computer geniuses who are recruited by GCHQ as they question their roles when unlimited powers become overwhelming. The Haystack marks Al Blyth’s first full-length play, with Blyth currently working on a musical...
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