The Secret Theatre
Published by Methuen
7 Male 2 Female
they must think themselves watched,
even when they are not"
Spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham oversees a vast surveillance network from the heart of Elizabeth I's court
As the nation's relationship with Europe deteriorates and civil unrest grows, Walsingham adopts ever more extreme tactics to keep his queen and country safe
But does he risk losing control of the apparatus he has created and destroying the lives of those closest to him?
And can such safety ever be achieved?
The Secret Theatre asks what we are prepared to sacrifice in order to ensure our safety
Shot through with moments of the blackest humour, this smart, tense thriller has been published to coincide with the world premiere at the Sam Wanamaker Globe Playhouse, November 2017
★★★★★ "Vivid, pungent and richly theatrical" ~ The Guardian
★★★★★ "Lines that burn with social rage" ~ Financial Times
★★★★★ "Matthew Dunster's finely acted production uses the shadowy intimacy of the Playhouse to powerful effect" ~ Independent
★★★★★ "Full of whispers and lies" ~ The Times