Currently playing at the Royal Court Theatre, the celebrated Hangmen is transferring to the Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited season this December
David Morrissey as Harry in Hangmen
The production, which opened in September, has enjoyed great reviews, described by The Telegraph as a “first-rank cast of 12” and by The Guardian as a “compelling evening.”
The play is written by Martin McDonagh, his first play in a decade. It is set in a pub in the northern town of Oldham in 1964. Hanging has recently been outlawed in England and the pub’s locals are keen to see how Harry, the ‘second-best hangman in England’ and somewhat of a local celebrity, will react to the news.
It has been confirmed that Johnny Flynn and David Morrissey will reprise their roles in the West End transfer. Due to schedule conflicts, Reece Shearsmith will not be transferring with the production to the West End.
David Morrissey shared his enthusiasm for Martin McDonagh’s work, telling the Mail:
“McDonagh writes in such a beautiful rhythm that you turn off all your phones and lock the door to your office to read it.”
Referring to his dark character Harry, Morrissey added:
“I don’t think you always have to like your characters. But you do have to empathise with them.”
Vicky Featherstone, the Royal Court’s artistic director, said:
“We are delighted that Hangmen will have a future life in the West End.
The play is directed by Matthew Dunster and features design by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Joshua Carr and sound by Ian Dickinson.
Hangmen is showing for a limited period at the Wyndham’s Theatre from December 1, 2015 until March 5, 2016. A press night will take place on December 7, 2015.
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