Published on Fri 2 Oct 2015

Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions
The Royal Court Theatre production of
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster

Design by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Joshua Carr and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.


Following a sell out run at the Royal Court Theatre, producers Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions are delighted to announce that Matthew Dunster’s production of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen will transfer to the West End for a strictly limited season. Previewing from 1 December, the production will have a press night on 7 December at Wyndham’s Theatre. Tickets for the run go on sale at 12 noon today.

After a decade-long absence from the London stage McDonagh returned to the Royal Court Theatre with Hangmen in September 2015 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, performances which were heralded at the Royal Court Theatre.

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.

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

“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.”
Vicky Featherstone

Martin McDonagh’s work for the Royal Court Theatre includes Hangmen, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West (Druid Theatre/Royal Court & Broadway). Other theatre includes 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). For film (as Writer/Director) credits include Six Shooter (Short), In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. Martin has been awarded an 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’s credits for the Royal Court Theatre include Hangmen and Liberian Girl. His other credits include The Seagull, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Regent’s Park), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Lightning Child 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), The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler’s Wells), The Two Gentleman of Verona (Royal & Derngate, Northampton). As a writer, his credits include Children’s Children (Almeida) and You Can See the Hills (Royal Exchange Manchester).

David Morrissey’s credits for the Royal Court Theatre include Hangmen. Other theatre includes In a Dark House (Almeida), Macbeth (Liverpool Everyman) and Peer Gynt (National). His television credits include The Driver, Red Riding, Field of Blood, South Riding, The Walking Dead, Extant, The 7.39, True Love, Our Mutual Friend, Clocking Off, Holding On, State of Play, The Deal, Viva Blackpool and Blackpool. Film credits include Richard II, Sleepyhead, Scaredy Cat, Welcome to the Punch, Hilary & Jackie, Some Voices, Born Romantic, Captain Correlli’s Mandolin, Derailed, Stoned, The Reaping, The Waterhorse: Legend of the Deep, The Other Boleyn Girl, Centurion, Nowhere Boy and Earthbound. Awards include Arena Awards for Best Television Actor (Viva Blackpool).

Johnny Flynn’s credits for the Royal Court Theatre include Hangmen, Jerusalem, The Low Road and The Heretic. Other theatre includes Richard III, Twelfth Night (Globe/Apollo), Jerusalem (Apollo) and Twelfth Night/ Taming of The Shrew (Old Vic/Tour). His television credits include A Devotee of Art, Brotherhood, Detectorists, Scrotal Recall, Kingdom, Holby City and Murder in Suburbia. His film credits include Small Holding, Love is Thicker than Water, Clouds of Sils Maria, Song One, Apres Mai, Lotus Eaters and Crusade in Jeans.

The transfer of Hangmen is produced by Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions.


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Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, and Royal Court Theatre Productions present
The Royal Court Theatre production of
by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster
Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA
Tuesday 1 December 2015 – Saturday 5 March 2016

Previews from: Tuesday 1 December
Press night: Monday 7 December, 7pm
Final performance: Saturday 5 March

Performance times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. No Wednesday matinee on w/e 6 December 2015

Christmas performance schedule:

Monday 21-Dec-15 7.30pm
Tuesday 22-Dec-15 7.30pm
Wednesday 23-Dec-15 2.30 & 7.30pm
Thursday 24-Dec-15 2.30pm
Friday 25-Dec-15 CLOSED
Saturday 26-Dec-15 7.30pm
Sunday 27-Dec-15 CLOSED
Monday 28-Dec-15 7.30pm
Tuesday 29-Dec-15 2.30 & 7.30pm
Wednesday 30-Dec-15 2.30 & 7.30pm
Thursday 31-Dec-15 2.30pm
Friday 01-Jan-16 7.30pm
Saturday 02-Jan-16 2.30 & 7.30pm
Sunday 03-Jan-16 CLOSED

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including interval

Captioned performance: Tuesday 5 January 2016, 7.30pm
Audio described performance: Saturday 16 January 2016, 2.30pm

Tickets from £19.50

Book online: www.hangmentheplay.com
Phone: 0844 482 51204
Groups: 0844 482 51004
Schools: 0844 482 5165
Access: 0844 482 5137

Book online www.royalcourttheatre.com
Phone: 020 7565 5000
Or in person at the box office (Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS)

No booking fees when booked directly with the theatre, www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk , www.hangmentheplay.com and via the Royal Court Box Office.

A limited number of £19.50 Day Seats will be released in person at Wyndham’s Theatre Box Office from 10.30am for that day’s performances.


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.

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 (Noël 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 (Noël 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 (Gielgud Theatre and Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, Broadway).

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.