Hangmen gets a West End transfer to Wyndhams

David Morrissey in Hangmen. Images Simon Annand.
David Morrissey in Hangmen. Images Simon Annand.

It has proved a sell-out at London’s Royal Court Theatre, now Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen will transfer to the West End.

Matthew Dunster’s production moves to the Wyndham’s Theatre, previewing from December 1.

It has been a decade since McDonagh has had a play in London but Hangmen opened in September to critical and public acclaim with tickets selling out for the production’s entire run.

Original cast members David Morrissey and Johnny Flynn will reprise their roles for the
transfer.

Johnny Flynn & Bronwyn James  in Hangmen.

In his small pub in Oldham, Harry (Morrissey) is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging?

Among 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.

“I am thrilled to be working with Martin McDonagh again on this stunning production of his new play Hangmen, wonderfully directed by Matthew Dunster,” said producer Robert Fox.

The Royal Court’s artistic director, Vicky Featherstone, added: “We are delighted that Hangmen will have a future life in the West End. It’s been thrilling to be able to continue the legacy of Martin McDonagh’s work at the Royal Court.

“Hangmen will become a modern classic. This stunning production has been a huge success here and a commercial life will mean it can be seen by many more people – which is, after all why we make theatre.”

Martin McDonagh’s previous work for the Royal Court Theatre includes The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West.

His other theatre credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan (National/Noel Coward/Broadway), The Pillowman (National/Broadway), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (RSC/Garrick/Broadway) and A Behanding in Spokane (Broadway).

Hangmen will play at the Wyndhams from December 1-March 5.

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