Why The West End Is Seriously Hung Up On Hangmen
Following a sold out run at the Royal Court Theatre in September 2015, Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen will play for a limited season at the Wyndham’s Theatre with preview performances starting on 1 December.
Produced by Robert Fox and Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions, the outfit have recently announced the full casting line-up for the show alongside the release of a brand new trailer to spur on buzz about the already much talked about play.
David Morrisey and Johnny Flynn will reprise their roles in the play as Harry and Mooney, which they were highly acclaimed for during the plays run at the Royal Court. In the role of Syd is Andy Nyman, with Craig Parkinson as Inspector Fry and Tony Hirst as Bill. Other cast members joining the cast this time round will include Josef Davies, James Dryden, John Hodgkinson, Bronwyn James, Ryan Pope, Sally Rogers and Simon Rouse.
The story follows David Morrisey’s character Harry, a local Oldham hangman who is widely known for being the second best hangman in the country. However, despite his popular reputation, Harry is left with little to do when it is announced that capital punishment has been abolished. Surrounded by pub locals and reporters keen to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, it is the arrival of a suspicious stranger with a seemingly different agenda that the twists and turns of the plot really start to begin.
The Critics Love It
As well as impressing West End audiences, the play has wowed some of Theatreland’s toughest critics. With 5 star reviews all round following its Royal Court run, we’re sure the reactions will be just as positive this time round. The Daily Telegraph have called the production “The most line-by-line funny show London has seen in years” whilst The Sunday Times described the play as “Gripping, funny and dramatically tense.” The Independent also summed it up perfectly in just three words – “Drop dead hilarious”.
Offering audiences the perfect combination of chilling moments and chuckles, Hangmen’s West End transfer is without a doubt one not to be missed.
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