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Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
Ended 5 Mar 2016 after 3 months
Strictly Limited Run
"Perhaps the most line-by-line funny play London has seen in years."
The Daily Telegraph
A new offering from the multi-talented Martin McDonagh, Hangmen was not just his first play in ten years but has transferred directly to the Wyndham's after a sold-out run at the Royal Court! Set on the day in 1965 that saw hanging be abolished, Hangmen follows Harry, the second-most famous executioner in England. This transfer sees David Morrissey once again take up his role as Harry alongside Johnny Flynn.
Much like his work on the films Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, Hangmen offers a gritty examination of people with shadier occupations, in this case, an executioner. Hangmen saw its world premiere at the Royal Court in October 2015 where it opened to considerable praise from critics and sold-out its entire run. This West End transfer comes just two months after that highly run, and sees the same creative team behind this production.
Harry is a recently unemployed executioner who hears the news of his unfortunate circumstance at his local pub in Oldham. The fellow regulars are eager to hear his plans now that his occupation is no longer needed - what will he do with his time? But amongst the well-wishers and the nosey parkers lurks a stranger with a different motive.
Previews from: 1 December 2015
Opening night: 7 December 2015
Closing night: 5 March 2016
Suitable for ages 13 and above
Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission
Images used are from the Royal Court production
Currently riding a wave of critical acclaim that has bolstered it since its debut at the Royal Court Theatre, Hangmen is as black a comedy as they come; its ability to elicit shock and laughter at every turn gives new meaning to the term gallows humour... more »
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