Following a sell out run at The Royal Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges) returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of Hangmen. 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. 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). Matthew Dunster directs as original cast members David Morrissey and Johnny Flynn reprise their roles. Best availability Monday - Wednesday performances
"Perhaps the most line-by-line funny play London has seen in years"
"The Royal Court’s new Jerusalem"
"Unquestionably, the funniest and most entertaining play in London right now"
"Gripping, funny and dramatically tense"
"A black-hearted slice of gallows humour"
"Gallows humour has never been funnier"
"Hangmen is a highly engaging blend of quirky characters, gallows humour and farcical situations, couched in consummate dialogue"