Following a sell out run at the Royal Court Theatre, the universally acclaimed production of multi-award-winning Hangmen, Martin McDonagh’s first UK play in over 10 years transfers to Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.
In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.
Matthew Dunster directs as original cast members David Morrissey and Johnny Flynn reprise their roles.
Martin’s McDonagh’s theatre credits include The Beauty Queen of Leenane (the Royal Court), The Cripple of Inishmaan (National/West End/Broadway), The Pillowman (National/ Broadway), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (RSC/Garrick/Broadway) and A Behanding in Spokane (Broadway). For film (as Writer/Director) credits include Six Shooter (Short), In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. Martin has been awarded the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), an Olivier Award for Best New Play (The Pillowman), an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film (Six Shooter) and a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay (In Bruges).
“I am thrilled to be working with Martin McDonagh again on this stunning production of his new play Hangmen, wonderfully directed by Matthew Dunster.” Robert Fox
“We are delighted that Hangmen will have a future life in the West End. It’s been thrilling to be able to continue the legacy of Martin McDonagh’s work at the Royal Court. Hangmen will become a modern classic. This stunning production has been a huge success here and a commercial life will mean it can be seen by many more people – which is, after all why we make theatre.” Vicky Featherstone
“It may seem odd, or even grotesque, to use capital punishment as a backdrop for a comedy. The primary focus in Hangmen, however, is in the private lives of two executioners. However, the play is at first painful to watch, not because of any deficiency in the performance, but because James Hennessy (Josef Davies) is tied up and strapped down, protesting his innocence. No matter, as far as Harry Wade (David Morrissey) is concerned. The order has been given, and the job must be carried out. Wade’s assistant, Syd Armfield (Reece Shearsmith) raises laughs partly through his stutter, and then later through borderline ‘farce’, insofar as there are elements of physical humour and quite deliberate nonsense.”
Review of Hangmen at The Royal Court
Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, and Royal Court Theatre Productions present
The Royal Court Theatre production of HANGMEN
by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster
32-36 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
Booking from 1st December 2015 – 5th March 2016
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including interval
A limited number of £19.50 Day Seats will be released in person at Wyndham’s Theatre Box Office from 10.30am for that day’s performances.
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