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Closed March 5, 2016

"Perhaps the most line-by-line funny play London has seen in years."

The Daily Telegraph

Why See Hangmen?

The sold-out play transfers to the West End

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.

What is Hangmen about?

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.

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Additional Information


Previews from: 1 December 2015

Opening night: 7 December 2015


Suitable for ages 13 and above

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

And before you stop reading

Images used are from the Royal Court production

Cast and Creative


Josef Davies as Hennessy
Johnny Flynn as Mooney
John Hodgkinson as Pierrepoint
Bronwyn James as Shirley
David Morrissey as Harry
Ryan Pope as Charlie
Sally Rogers as Alice
Simon Rouse as Arthur
Andy Nyman as Syd
Craig Parkinson
Tony Hirst
James Dryden


Written by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster
Design by Anna Fleischle
Lighting by Joshua Carr
Sound by Ian Dickinson


2016 Olivier Nominations

Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design
Virgin Atlantic Best New Play
Best Director

What we thought

COMICAL commanding Effortless

Hangmen is as black a comedy as they come

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

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