The Haystack Tickets London Theatre

The Haystack Tickets

Extended to 12 March due to popular demand

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"Yes, we’re geeks, yes, we sit at computers all day, yes, we barely leave Cheltenham, but we are still, when it comes down to it, spies."

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.

Critic reviews

Thoroughly misconceived hacker play is riddled with cliché

· Evening Standard

It is a production that presents thrills, chills and a fabulous start of the year for the Hampstead Theatre

· The Upcoming

Sscorchingly delivered exposé of our national security eavesdroppers

· London Box Office

Snappy, engaging, and in the end a little shallow


Flawed theatre that makes you think

· Londonist

A gripping, twisty love-story for the Snowden generation

· The Telegraph

It doesn't take long for the audience to recognise this play's stinging relevance for these worrying times

· Broadway World

Whip-smart new thriller

· The Stage

Al Blyth’s debut play explores how far into the lives of citizens a state can pry, and the effects on the snoopers themselves

· The Guardian

A GCHQ analyst meddles in the life of the woman he’s spying on in this teatime drama-y debut from Al Blyth

· Time Out

The Haystack has such a pace and cinematic sweep that the near three-hour running time barely registers

· WhatsOnStage

A chilling surveillance state thriller

· The Arts Desk
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Show ended
Fri 31 Jan - Thu 12 Mar, 2.30pm, 3pm & 7.30pm


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