There's something wholly refreshing about this thoroughly original and darkly comic new play from Irish writer Martin McDonagh that breathes a sigh of relief into the West End, especially at this saccharine time of year. It has all the markings of a traditional well-made play, and it is no insult to suggest that this feels like a revival of a classic rather than an angsty piece of new writing... Read more
The Royal Court Theatre's sell-out production of Martin McDonagh's eagerly anticipated new play transfers into the West End for a strictly limited season.
Marking his first UK play in 10 years, McDonagh's credits include 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' (1996), 'A Skull in Connemara' (1997), 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' (1997) and 'The Lieutenant of Inishmore' (2001) and 'The Pillowman' (2003).
"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."
Directed by Matthew Dunster, the play features design by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Joshua Carr, and sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. It is produced in the West End by Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions.
"They could have at least sent me Pierrepoint!", shouts a condemned man as he is about to be hanged by his executioner Harry Wade (chillingly well played by David Morrissey), who replies, "I'm just as good as bloody Pierrepoint!". We are, of course, in the pitch-black comedy world of Martin McDonagh, who'll wrench laughs from the blackest and bleakest of situations; Hangmen is chokingly funny... Read more