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Full cast announced for Royal Court’s Hangmen

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Sally Rogers (Alice) and David Morrissey (Harry) in Hangmen by Martin McDonagh directed by Matthew Dunster – Photo credit Simon Annand

Full casting announced for the West End run of the Royal Court Theatre’s production of Hangmen, at Wyndham’s Theatre. Producers Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions have announced that Andy Nyman will play Syd, Craig Parkinson the role of Inspector Fry and Tony Hirst will play Bill, completing the cast of the West End production. Directed by Matthew Dunster, Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen will transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season, previewing from 1st December, 2015.

After a ten-year absence from the London stage, McDonagh returned to the Royal Court Theatre with Hangmen in September 2015 to critical and public acclaim. The full West End cast includes: Josef Davies, James Dryden, Johnny Flynn, Tony Hirst, John Hodgkinson, Bronwyn James, David Morrissey, Andy Nyman, Craig Parkinson, Ryan Pope, Sally Rogers and Simon Rouse.

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The Royal Court Theatre production of HANGMEN October 2015 Trailer

Martin McDonagh’s theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court), The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre/Royal Court & Broadway), The Cripple of Inishmaan (National/West End/Broadway), The Pillowman (National/ Broadway – Olivier Award for Best New Play), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (RSC/Garrick/Broadway – Olivier Award for Best New Comedy) and A Behanding in Spokane (Broadway). As Writer/Director, film includes: Six Shooter (Short – Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film), In Bruges (BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay) and Seven Psychopaths.

Matthew Dunster’s theatre credits include: Hangmen and Liberian Girl (Royal Court), The Seagull and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Regent’s Park), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Lightning Child, Troilus and Cressida and Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Love Girl & the Innocent, You Can Still Make a Killing (Southwark Playhouse), Mametz (National Theatre Wales), Before the Party (Almeida), A Sacred Flame (English Touring), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Royal Exchange Manchester), Mogadishu (Royal Exchange Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith – Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), Love and Money (Royal Exchange Manchester and Young Vic – Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), Love the Sinner (National Theatre). As Writer, theatre includes: Children’s Children (Almeida), The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler’s Wells), and You Can See the Hills (Royal Exchange Manchester).

Josef Davies trained at LAMDA and graduated in July 2015. Theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court).

James Dryden’s theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court), Beached (Soho Theatre), Teechers (Theatre Royal Wakefield) and The History Boys (Mercury Theatre). Film includes: Tulip Fever and Mr Turner. Television includes: Close To The Enemy, Father Brown, Doctors and Serial – Angel Of Decay.

Johnny Flynn’s theatre credits include: Hangmen, The Low Road and The Heretic (Royal Court), Richard III and Twelfth Night (Globe/Apollo), Jerusalem (West End) and Twelfth Night/The Taming of the Shrew (Old Vic/tour). Film includes: Love is Thicker than Water, Clouds of Sils Maria, Song One, Apres Mai, Lotus Eaters, Crusade in Jeans and A Small Holding. Television includes: A Devotee of Art, Brotherhood, Detectorists, Scrotal Recall, Kingdom, Holby City and Murder in Suburbia. Radio includes: Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It. Johnny is currently recording his 4th album which will be due for release in 2016.

Tony Hirst’s theatre credits include: I Know Where The Dead Are Buried (24:7 Theatre Festival), Crying In The Chapel (Contact Theatre), Oh! What A Lovely War! (Landor Clapham), No Sweet Surrender (Newbury Corn Exchange), Piaf (Albany Empire) and The Uninvited (New Perspectives). Film includes: Hard Hat. Television includes: Glue, Coronation Street, Casualty, Law & Order UK, Hollyoaks, Ghost Squad, Holby City, Shameless, No Angels, Doctors, Watch, 99-1, Brookside, The Specials and Sharp End.

Bronwyn James trained at ALRA and graduated in July 2015. Theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court).

David Morrissey’s theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court), Macbeth (Liverpool Everyman), In a Dark Dark House (Almeida), Three Days of Rain (Donmar), Much Ado About Nothing (West End), Peer Gynt (National Theatre), King John, Henry VI, Edward IV and Richard III (RSC), The Cabinet Minister (Royal Exchange, Manchester), El Cid and WC/PC (Liverpool Playhouse). Television includes: Extant, The Driver, The 7.39, The Walking Dead, True Love, Richard II, Field of Blood, South Riding, Scaredycat, Sleepyhead, Murder on the Orient Express, 5 Days, U Be Dead, Doctor Who, Sense & Sensibility, Cape Wrath, Ripley’s Gold, Blackpool, The Deal, State of Play, Out of Control, Clocking Off, Murder, Pure Wickedness, Big Cat, Our Mutual Friend, Holding On, Out of the Blue, The One That Got Away, Available Light, Red Riding Trilogy, Cause Celebre and One Summer. Film includes: The Ones Below, Welcome to the Punch, Earthbound, Blitz, Nowhere Boy, Centurion, Mrs Mandela, Is Anybody There?, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Waterhorse, The Reaping, Derailed, Stoned, This Little Life, Captain Correlli’s Mandolin, Hilary & Jackie, Born Romantic, Fanny & Elvis, The Commissioner, Some Voices, Being Human, Waterland, Robin Hood, The Widow Maker and Drowning By Numbers. As Director, film includes: Sweet Revenge, Passer By, Don’t Worry About Me and Bring Me Your Love. As Producer, film includes: The Driver and Don’t Worry About Me. David is a producer at On The Corner.

Andy Nyman’s theatre credits include: Assassins and Terrible Advice (Menier Chocolate Factory), Abigail’s Party (Wyndham’s Theatre) (Best Supporting actor nominated Whatsonstage), and Ghost Stories, which Andy starred in, co-wrote & co-directed with Jeremy Dyson (Lyric Hammersmith, Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre as well as in Moscow, Toronto, Australia, Shanghai and Lima). Film includes: Automata, Abcs Of Death 2, Kick Ass 2, The Glass Man, Black Death, The Brothers Bloom, Death At A Funeral, Severance and Shut Up & Shoot Me (Best Actor, Jury prize for Best Film and the Audience Award). Next year he can be seen starring opposite Tom Wilkinson & Ed Westwick in the new thriller Bone in the Throat. Television includes: Ballot Monkeys, Campus, Dead Set, The Eichmann Show, Peaky Blinders, Crooked House and Psycobitches. Writing includes: The Golden Rules of Acting, and with Derren Brown, Derren Brown – Live, Something Wicked This Way Comes (winner of the ‘Best Entertainment’ Olivier Award), An Evening of Wonders, Enigma and Miracle.

Craig Parkinson’s theatre credits include: Ecstasy (Hampstead/Duchess Theatre), Everything is Illuminated (Hampstead Theatre), Measure for Measure (Complicite/National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Pirates of Penzance and Much Ado About Nothing (Regents Park) and Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre). Film includes: Jet Trash, Ghost, Brighton Rock, Four Lions, The Unloved, Soul Boy, Desert Flower, Control, Chasing Temptation and Tooth. Television includes: The Scandalous Lady W, X Company, Indian Summers, Prey, The Mill, Great Night Out, Crickley Hall, Line of Duty series 2 and 3, In With The Flynns, Excluded, Misfits series 2 and 3, Whitechapel, Mrs Inbetweeny, Lark Rise to Candleford, Green, Smalltime, Innocence, Outlaws, La Triviata, The Worst Week of My Life, Black Books, No Angels, Alistair McGowan’s: The Big Impression, Ed Stone is Dead, Attachments and Dalziel & Pascoe.

Ryan Pope’s theatre credits include: Hangmen and Breathing Corpses (Royal Court), To Kill A Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre/Tour), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Royal Exchange Manchester), Watching The Detectives (Library Manchester), One Upon A Time in Wigan (Contact Theatre Manchester/National Tour), Parting Shots (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), The Arbour (Sheffield Crucible), Meat (Theatre Royal Plymouth), The Taming of The Shrew, Bad Weather and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC). Film includes: United We Fall, A Field in England, Looking for Eric and Velvet Goldmine. Television includes: Casualty, Coronation Street, Stepping Up, Holby City, Doctors, The Midnight Beast, Ideal, Bodyfarm and Sharpes Peril.

Sally Rogers’ theatre credits include: Hangmen, The People are Friendly and Uganda and Killing the Cat (Royal Court), Children’s Children (Almeida), The Duchess of Malfi, Billy Liar, Murmuring Judges, Arturo UI and Black Snow (National Theatre), Rita Sue and Bob Too, A State Affair, Some Explicit Polaroids, Our Country’s Good and Blue Heart (Out of Joint), Blithe Spirit (Bristol Old Vic) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chester). Film includes: A Demon in My View. Television includes: The Syndicate Series 2, Siblings, Come Fly With Me, Little Britain, Messiah III, Pepys, Murphy’s Law, Attachments, Playing the Field, Out of Hours, The Lakes, Seaforth, The Bill, Paul Calf’s Video Diary and A Touch of Frost.

Simon Rouse’s theatre credits include: Hangmen, The Changing Room, Runaway and The Sea (Royal Court), Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible / UK tour), The Full Monty (Sheffield, UK tour and Noel Coward), The Bomb and Tactical Questioning (Tricycle), When We Are Married (Garrick), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (London Festival), Ghosts (Alhambra), Black Angel (Kings Head), The Daughter In Law (Nottingham Playhouse), Rat in the Skull (Plymouth), The Way of the World (tour), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Lorenzaccio, Coriolanus, Anthony and Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus (RSC), Sons of Light (Other Place), The Caretaker (Shaw Theatre), Widower’s Houses (Tyneside), Loonies (Hampstead Theatre), Lenz (Almost Free) and Sweet Bird of Youth (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Film includes: Butley, The White Bird, Parker and The Ragman’s Daughter. Television includes: The Dumping Ground, Casualty, Broadchurch, Soko Leipzig, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, The Bill, Dead Romantic, Minder, Sheppey, St Joan, The Master Builder, Casualty, Blood Royal: William the Conqueror, Coronation St, Boon, Dramarama, Bread, C.A.T.S Eyes, Operation Julie, Albion Market, Robin of Sherwood, Juliet Bravo, Grace Kelly, Radio Phoenix, Play for Today, Smuggler, Doctor Who, The Manions of America, Dick Turpin, Even Solomon, One Bummer Newsday, Wednesday Love, The Professionals, Crime and Punishment, Life of Shakespeare, We Never Do What They Want and Sam.

The transfer of Hangmen is produced by Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions.

Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, and Royal Court Theatre Productions present
The Royal Court Theatre production of
by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster
Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA
Previews from: Tuesday 1st December, 2015
Press night: Monday 7 December, 7pm
Final performance: Saturday 5 March


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