NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: HANGMENPublished on Wed 13 Jan 2016
‘The most line-by-line funny show London has seen in years.’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Gripping, funny and dramatically tense.’ – Sunday Times
‘Drop-dead hilarious.’ – Independent
‘The funniest play in London right now.’ – Time Out
Following a sell-out run at The Royal Court Theatre, the acclaimed West End transfer of Hangmen by Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges) with a cast including David Morrissey, Andy Nyman and Johnny Flynn will be broadcast by National Theatre Live from London’s Wyndham’s Theatre to cinemas around the UK and internationally on 3 March 2016 (dates vary internationally).
Produced by Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions, Hangman runs in the West End until 5 March. Hangmen is the Royal Court Theatre’s first collaboration with NT Live.
Directed by Matthew Dunster, the full cast of Hangmen is: Josef Davies, James Dryden, Johnny Flynn, Tony Hirst, John Hodgkinson, Bronwyn James, David Morrissey, Andy Nyman, Craig Parkinson, Ryan Pope, Sally Rogers, Mark Rose and Simon Rouse. Set and costume design is by Anna Fleischle, lighting design is by Joshua Carr and sound design is by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.
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 McDonagh’s theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court), The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre/Royal Court & Broadway), The Cripple of Inishmaan (National/West End/Broadway), The Pillowman (National/ Broadway – Olivier Award for Best New Play), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (RSC/Garrick/Broadway -Olivier Award for Best New Comedy) and A Behanding in Spokane (Broadway). As Writer/Director, film includes: Six Shooter (Short – Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film), In Bruges (BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay) and Seven Psychopaths.
Matthew Dunster’s theatre credits include: Hangmen and Liberian Girl (Royal Court), The Seagull and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Regent’s Park), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Lightning Child, Troilus and Cressida and Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Love Girl & the Innocent, You Can Still Make a Killing (Southwark Playhouse), Mametz (National Theatre Wales), Before the Party (Almeida), A Sacred Flame (English Touring), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Royal Exchange Manchester), Mogadishu (Royal Exchange Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith – Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), Love and Money (Royal Exchange Manchester and Young Vic – Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), Love the Sinner (National Theatre). As Writer, theatre includes: Children’s Children (Almeida), The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler’s Wells) and You Can See the Hills (Royal Exchange Manchester).
Josef Davies trained at LAMDA and graduated in July 2015. Theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court). Film includes: The Limehouse Golem.
James Dryden’s theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court), Beached (Soho Theatre), Teechers (Theatre Royal Wakefield) and The History Boys (Mercury Theatre). Film includes: Tulip Fever and Mr Turner. Television includes: Close To The Enemy, Father Brown, Doctors and Serial – Angel Of Decay.
Johnny Flynn’s theatre credits include: Hangmen, The Low Road and The Heretic (Royal Court), Richard III and Twelfth Night (Globe/Apollo), Jerusalem (West End) and Twelfth Night/The Taming of the Shrew (Old Vic/tour). Film includes: Love is Thicker than Water, Clouds of Sils Maria, Song One, Apres Mai, Lotus Eaters, Crusade in Jeans and A Small Holding. Television includes: A Devotee of Art, Brotherhood, Detectorists, Scrotal Recall, Kingdom, Holby City and Murder in Suburbia. Radio includes: Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It. Johnny is currently recording his 4th album which will be due for release in 2016.
John Hodgkinson’s theatre credits include: Hangmen and The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court), Orson’s Shadow (Southwark), Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (RSC), The Libertine (Glasgow Citizens), Donkey’s Years (Rose, Kingston), Unscorched (Finborough), White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (Live, Newcastle), A Walk On Part (Live Newcastle/Soho/Arts- Journal Award for Performing Artist of the Year), Behud (Soho), Onassis (West End), His Dark Materials, Uncle Vanya, Neville’s Island, Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges and The Absence of War (Birmingham Rep), The Winter’s Tale (Headlong), Hapgood (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Absurdia and The Front Page (Donmar), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew (Regent’s Park Open Air), Arcadia (Bristol Old Vic/Birmingham Rep). Film includes: Heart of Lightness, Skyfall, Leave to Remain, Thunderpants and Firelight. Television includes: Witless, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, The Escape Artist, Whitechapel, Big Bad World, Silk, Holby City, Criminal Justice, Fallout, Heartbeat, Doctors, Broken News, Brief Encounters, My Family, Peep Show, EastEnders, The Estate Agents, Lee Evans: So What Now?, The Bill, Chambers, The Peter Principle, Roy Dance is Dead, Kiss Me Kate, People Like Us, Boyz Unlimited, Duck Patrol, Keeping Mum, Dad, Sometime Never and Pure Wickedness.
Tony Hirst’s theatre credits include: I Know Where The Dead Are Buried (24:7 Theatre Festival), Crying In The Chapel (Contact Theatre), Oh! What A Lovely War! (Landor Clapham), No Sweet Surrender (Newbury Corn Exchange), Piaf (Albany Empire) and The Uninvited (New Perspectives). Film includes: Hard Hat. Television includes: Glue, Coronation Street, Casualty, Law & Order UK, Hollyoaks, Ghost Squad, Holby City, Shameless, No Angels, Doctors, Watch, 99-1, Brookside, The Specials and Sharp End.
Bronwyn James trained at ALRA and graduated in July 2015. Theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court).
David Morrissey’s theatre credits include: Hangmen (Royal Court), Macbeth (Liverpool Everyman), In a Dark Dark House (Almeida), Three Days of Rain (Donmar), Much Ado About Nothing (West End), Peer Gynt (National Theatre), King John, Henry VI, Edward IV and Richard III (RSC), The Cabinet Minister (Royal Exchange, Manchester), El Cid and WC/PC (Liverpool Playhouse). Television includes: Extant, The Driver, The 7.39, The Walking Dead, True Love, Richard II, Field of Blood, South Riding, Scaredycat, Sleepyhead, Murder on the Orient Express, 5 Days, U Be Dead, Doctor Who, Sense and Sensibility, Cape Wrath, Ripley’s Gold, Blackpool, The Deal, State of Play, Out of Control, Clocking Off, Murder, Pure Wickedness, Big Cat, Our Mutual Friend, Holding On, Out of the Blue, The One That Got Away, Available Light, Red Riding Trilogy, Cause Celebre and One Summer. As an actor film includes: The Ones Below, Welcome to the Punch, Earthbound, Blitz, Nowhere Boy, Centurion, Mrs Mandela, Is Anybody There?, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Waterhorse, The Reaping, Derailed, Stoned, This Little Life, Captain Correlli’s Mandolin, Hilary & Jackie, Born Romantic, Fanny & Elvis, The Commissioner, Some Voices, Being Human, Waterland, Robin Hood, The Widow Maker and Drowning By Numbers. As Director, film includes: Sweet Revenge, Passer By, Don’t Worry About Me and Bring Me Your Love. As Producer, film includes: The Driver and Don’t Worry About Me. David is a producer at On The Corner.
Andy Nyman’s theatre credits include: Assassins and Terrible Advice (Menier Chocolate Factory), Abigail’s Party (Wyndham’s Theatre) (nominated for WhatsOnStage Best Supporting actor), and Ghost Stories, which Andy starred in, co-wrote & co-directed with Jeremy Dyson (Lyric Hammersmith, Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre as well as in Moscow, Toronto, Australia, Shanghai and Lima). Film includes: Automata, ABCs Of Death 2, Kick Ass 2, The Glass Man, Black Death, The Brothers Bloom, Death At A Funeral, Severance and Shut Up & Shoot Me (Best Actor, Jury prize for Best Film and the Audience Award). In 2016 he can be seen starring opposite Tom Wilkinson & Ed Westwick in the new thriller Bone in the Throat. Television includes: Ballot Monkeys, Campus, Dead Set, The Eichmann Show, Peaky Blinders, Crooked House and Psycobitches. Writing includes: The Golden Rules of Acting, and with Derren Brown, Derren Brown – Live, Something Wicked This Way Comes (winner of the ‘Best Entertainment’ Olivier Award), An Evening of Wonders, Enigma and Miracle.
Craig Parkinson’s theatre credits include: Ecstasy (Hampstead/Duchess Theatre), Everything is Illuminated (Hampstead Theatre), Measure for Measure (Complicite/National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Pirates of Penzance and Much Ado About Nothing (Regents Park) and Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre). Film includes: Jet Trash, Ghost, Brighton Rock, Four Lions, The Unloved, Soul Boy, Desert Flower, Control, Chasing Temptation and Tooth. Television includes: The Scandalous Lady W, X Company, Indian Summers, Prey, The Mill, Great Night Out, The Secret City of Crickley Hall, Line of Duty series 2 and 3, In With The Flynns, Excluded, Misfits series 2 and 3, Whitechapel, Mrs Inbetweeny, Lark Rise to Candleford, Green, Smalltime, The Innocence Project, Outlaws, La Triviata, The Worst Week of My Life, Black Books, No Angels, Alistair McGowan’s: The Big Impression, Ed Stone is Dead, Attachments and Dalziel & Pascoe.
Ryan Pope’s theatre credits include: Hangmen and Breathing Corpses (Royal Court), To Kill A Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre/Tour), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Royal Exchange Manchester), Watching The Detectives (Library Manchester), One Upon A Time in Wigan (Contact Theatre Manchester/National Tour), Parting Shots (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), The Arbour (Sheffield Crucible), Meat (Theatre Royal Plymouth), -The Taming of The Shrew_, Bad Weather and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC). Film includes: United We Fall, A Field in England, Looking for Eric and Velvet Goldmine. Television includes: Casualty, Coronation Street, Stepping Up, Holby City, Doctors, The Midnight Beast, Ideal, Bodyfarm and Sharpes Peril.
Sally Rogers’ theatre credits include: Hangmen, The People are Friendly, Uganda and Killing the Cat (Royal Court), Children’s Children (Almeida), The Duchess of Malfi, Billy Liar, Murmuring Judges, The Resistable Rise of Arturo UI and Black Snow (National Theatre), Rita Sue and Bob Too, A State Affair, Some Explicit Polaroids, Our Country’s Good and Blue Heart (Out of Joint), Blithe Spirit (Bristol Old Vic) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chester). Film includes: A Demon in My View. Television includes: The Syndicate Series 2, Siblings, Come Fly With Me, Little Britain, Messiah III, Pepys, Murphy’s Law, Attachments, Playing the Field, Out of Hours, The Lakes, Seaforth, The Bill, Paul Calf’s Video Diary and A Touch of Frost.
Mark Rose’s theatre credits include: The Beaux Stratagem, A Taste of Honey and Port (National Theatre), Frozen (Park Theatre), Women Laughing (Old Red Lion), Masters are You Mad? and Twelfth Night (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Accomplice (Menier Chocolate Factory), Spider’s Web (UK tour), On the Middle Day (Old Vic), A Laughing Matter and She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre/Out of Joint). Film includes: Four Walls and The Vintage. Television includes: Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
Simon Rouse’s theatre credits include: Hangmen, The Changing Room, Runaway and The Sea (Royal Court), Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible / UK tour), The Full Monty (Sheffield, UK tour and Noel Coward), The Bomb and Tactical Questioning (Tricycle), When We Are Married (Garrick), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (London Festival), Ghosts (Alhambra), Black Angel (Kings Head), The Daughter-In-Law (Nottingham Playhouse), Rat in the Skull (Plymouth), The Way of the World (tour), ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Lorenzaccio, Coriolanus, Anthony and Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus (RSC), Sons of Light (Other Place), The Caretaker (Shaw Theatre), Widower’s Houses (Tyneside), Loonies (Hampstead Theatre), Lenz (Almost Free) and Sweet Bird of Youth (Theatre Royal Haymarket). Film includes: Butley, The White Bird, Parker and The Ragman’s Daughter. Television includes: The Dumping Ground, Casualty, Broadchurch, Soko Leipzig, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, The Bill, Dead Romantic, Minder, Sheppey, St Joan, The Master Builder, Casualty, Blood Royal: William the Conqueror, Coronation St, Boon, Dramarama, Bread, C.A.T.S Eyes, Operation Julie, Albion Market, Robin of Sherwood, Juliet Bravo, Grace Kelly, Radio Phoenix, Play for Today, Smuggler, Doctor Who, The Manions of America, Dick Turpin, Even Solomon, One Bummer Newsday, Wednesday Love, The Professionals, Crime and Punishment, Life of Shakespeare, We Never Do What They Want and Sam.
About Robert Fox
London theatre credits include: Goosepimples, Anyone for Denis? Another Country, Orphans, Interpreters, J J Farr, Chess, Lettice and Lovage, The Seagull, Torch Song Trilogy, Mad House in Goa, Burn This, The Ride down Mount Morgan, Skylight, Amy’s View, Vita and Virginia, Anything Goes, Me and Mamie O’Rourke, The Weekend, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Delicate Balance, The Caretaker, The Importance of Being Earnest, Three Tall Women, The Lady in the Van, Burning Blue, When She Danced, Closer, Masterclass, Vincent in Brixton, The Breath of Life, Hedda Gabler, Frost/Nixon, The Lady from Dubuque, The Harder They Come, South Downs/The Browning Version, The Judas Kiss, The Audience, Stephen Ward, Fatal Attraction and Skylight.
New York theatre credits include: Lettice and Lovage, Chess, Skylight, Amy’s View, Vita and Virginia, Closer, The Blue Room, The Big Love, Gypsy, The Boy from Oz, Salome, The Pillowman, The Vertical Hour, Frost/Nixon, Exit The King, God of Carnage, A Behanding in Spokane, Hugh Jackman Back On Broadway, The Audience and Skylight.
Australia theatre credits include: The Boy from Oz, Talking Heads and The Boy from Oz Arena Tour.
Films include: Another Country, A Month by the Lake, Iris, The Hours, Closer, Notes on a Scandal and Atonement. Television includes: The Crown (Netflix).
About Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions
As Producer and General Manager productions include: Mack & Mabel (UK and Ireland tour), American Buffalo (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Audience (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre – Broadway, Apollo Theatre and Gielgud Theatre, which was also a record-breaking, worldwide digital broadcast with NT Live), Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 (Winter Garden Theatre – Broadway), Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies (Aldwych Theatre), Shrek The Musical (UK & Ireland tour), The Weir (Wyndham’s Theatre), South Downs/The Browning Version (Harold Pinter Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre), Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Yes, Prime Minister (Gielgud Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Trafalgar Studios and three UK tours), Krapp’s Last Tape (Duchess Theatre), Red (Golden Gate Theatre – Broadway) and Enron (NoÃ«l Coward Theatre).
As General Manager productions include: Kinky Boots (Aldelphi Theatre), Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre, UK and Ireland tour), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre, two UK tours and Piccadilly Theatre), Shrek The Musical (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Million Dollar Quartet (NoÃ«l Coward Theatre) and Clybourne Park (Wyndham’s Theatre).
Prior to Playful, productions include: Mary Stuart (Apollo Theatre and Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway), Legally Blonde The Musical (Savoy Theatre), Hamlet (Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway), Spring Awakening (Lyric, Hammersmith and Novello Theatre), Don Carlos (Gielgud Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Roundhouse, UK tour, US tour and Australia tour), Sinatra at the London Palladium (London Palladium and UK tour), Humble Boy (Gielgud Theatre, UK tour and MTC), Anything Goes (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Boeing-Boeing (Comedy Theatre, UK tour and Longacre Theatre, Broadway) and Frost/Nixon (Guielgud Theatre and Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, Broadway). Television includes: The Crown (Netflix).
About the Royal Court Theatre
The Royal Court Theatre is the writers’ theatre. It is a leading force in world theatre, finding writers and producing new plays that are original and contemporary. The Royal Court strives to be at the centre of civic, political, domestic and international life, giving writers a home to tackle big ideas and world events and tell great stories.
The Royal Court commissions and develops an extraordinary quantity of new work reading over 3000 scripts a year and annually producing around 14 world or UK premieres in its two auditoria at Sloane Square in London. Over 200,000 people visit the Royal Court each year and many thousands more see our work elsewhere through transfers to the West End and New York, national and international tours, residencies across London and site-specific work, including recent projects in Peckham, Pimlico and Tottenham.
The Royal Court’s extensive development activity encompasses a diverse range of writers and artists and includes an ongoing programme of writers’ attachments, readings, workshops, and playwriting groups. Twenty years of pioneering work around the world means the Royal Court has relationships with writers on every continent.
The Royal Court opens its doors to radical thinking and provocative discussion, and to the unheard voices and free thinkers that, through their writing, change our way of seeing.
About National Theatre Live
Launched in 2009, National Theatre Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of over 4 million people at 2000 venues in 50 countries.
National Theatre Live will capture Hangmen in ultra-high 4K definition, in partnership with Sony Digital Cinema and Vue Cinemas for encore screenings at selected Vue cinemas.
Next Broadcasts from National Theatre Live
Christopher Hampton’s stage adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES with Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer and Dominic West will be broadcast from the Donmar Warehouse on 28 January (dates vary internationally).
Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT, with Rosalie Craig as Rosalind, will be broadcast live from the NT’s Olivier Theatre on 25 February (dates vary internationally).
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