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The Haystack extends run at Hampstead Theatre

Casting news

DUE to popular demand, Al Blyth’s explosive espionage thriller, The Haystack, has extended its run at Hampstead Theatre until Thursday, March 12, 2020.

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Previously Posted: Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of The Haystack. An explosive espionage thriller written by Al Blyth and directed by Roxana Silbert, it runs at Hampstead Theatre (Main Stage) from January 31 to March 7, 2020.

The line up includes Lucy Black as Denise, Oliver Johnstone as Neil, Rona Morison as Cora, Enyi Okoronkwo as Zef and Sarah Woodward as Hannah.

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…

Lucy Black’s theatre work includes Top Girls; Three Winters and Children of the Sun (all National Theatre); The York Realist (Donmar Warehouse/Sheffield Crucible); Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre); Drawing the Line (Hampstead Theatre); A Taste of Honey (Edinburgh Lyceum); Coram Boy (Bristol Old Vic); Cause Célèbre (Old Vic); The Misanthrope (Bristol Old Vic/Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory); Much Ado About Nothing; Othello; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Titus Andronicus; The Three Sisters; Twelfth Night; Measure for Measure; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Lear (all Tobacco Factory); and Mary Barton (Manchester Royal Exchange).

Black has also appeared on television in Gentleman Jack; The Durrells (Series 1-3); Jericho; Call The Midwife; All At Sea; Grantchester; Doctors (multiple episodes), Holby City (multiple episodes); EastEnders; Vera; Todd Margaret; The Bill; Waterloo Road; Wire in the Blood; The Royal; Bombshell; Murder in Mind and Casualty.

Oliver Johnstone’s theatre work includes All My Sons (Old Vic); Imperium (RSC/West End); Tribes (Sheffield Crucible); King Lear and Cymbeline (both RSC/Barbican/BAM); Teddy Ferrara (Donmar Warehouse); Oppenheimer (RSC/West End); Spring Awakening (Headlong); Another Country (Chichester Festival Theatre) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Johnstone’s screen credits include Ironbark; On Chesil Beach; The Inbetweeners 2 and Skyfall (film); Loaded; Inspector George Gently; The Syndicate; Little Crackers; Lewis and Whitechapel 3 (TV).

Rona Morrison’s theatre work includes The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Donmar Warehouse); Cover My Tracks (Old Vic); The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Orca (Southwark Playhouse); Dead Don’t Floss and The James Plays (National Theatre); The Crucible (Bristol Old Vic); Anhedonia (Royal Court); To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park); The Second Mrs Tanqueray (Rose Theatre, Kingston) and Crave and Illusion (Bush Theatre/UK tour).

Morrison’s screen credits include Our Ladies; Solo: A Star Wars Story; Ready Player One; The Boy I Loved and Love Bite (film); Decline and Fall and Absentia (TV).

Enyi Okoronkwo’s theatre work includes Tartuffe (National Theatre); Noises Off (Lyric Hammersmith); The Model Appartment (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath); The Cherry Orchard (Bristol Old Vic); Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic/Theatre Clwyd/Rose Theatre, Kingston); Boy with Beer (King’s Head Theatre); Wonder.Land (MIF/National Theatre) and Arthur’s World (Bush Theatre).

Okoronkwo’s film work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Late (short film).

Sarah Woodward’s extensive theatre work includes Quiz (Chichester Festival Theatre/Noel Coward Theatre); This House (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End); Nell Gwynn (Apollo Theatre); Richard II; The Merry Wives of Windsor; The Comedy of Errors and Much Ado About Nothing (all Shakespeare’s Globe); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre); One For Sorrow; Love and Information; Jumpy; Presence and Built on Sand (all Royal Court); Judgement Day (Almeida); Rookery Nook (Chocolate Factory); The Cherry Orchard; Present Laughter; The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other; Wild Oats and The Sea (all National Theatre); The Real Thing (Donmar Warehouse/West End/Broadway: Tony Nominee); Tom & Clem (Aldwych Theatre, Olivier Award, Best Supporting Actress); A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Macbeth; Arms and the Man and Romeo and Juliet (all Regent’s Park); and The Tempest; Murder in the Cathedral; The Venetian Twins; Henry V; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Red Noses; Camille; Hamlet and Richard III (all RSC).

Also on the Main Stage: the world premiere of the gripping psychological thriller Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer (until January 18, 2020).