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Hangmen Summary

  • Genre: Play - Broadway Premiere
  • Hangmen is 2 hours and 30 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Begin: February 18, 2020
  • Show Opens: March 19, 2020
  • Show Closes: July 18, 2020

Martin McDonagh perfectly balances comedy and tragedy in this mid-20th century examination of capital punishment.

Hangmen on Broadway Background

Hangmen is written by the acclaimed British-Irish playwright, Martin McDonagh. The show originally premiered in 2015 at London's Royal Court Theatre. After positive box office ticket sales and critical acclaim, the show moved in 2016 to the West End’s Wyndham Theatre. There it won two Olivier Awards; 'Best Set Design' and 'Best New Play'. In 2018, Hangmen made its U.S debut with a limited-run showing which sold out. The show performed at the Linda Gross Theater (part of the Atlantic Theatre Company), in the historic Chelsea district of Manhattan, NYC

Hangmen is McDonagh’s seventh Broadway play. He is no stranger to writing accolades, as four of his previous plays have been nominated for a Tony Award for the 'Best Play' award, but he has never actually won. McDonagh is also an Oscar nominee and is well known for his critically acclaimed 2017 film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Although he did not win the Oscar for this movie, he did win the Oscar for 'Best Live Action Short Film' in 2005 for Six Shooter. McDonagh is known for writing dark comedies that deal with taboo subjects, and his works are often categorized by gratuitous violence and extreme language. Critics praise McDonagh’s ability to perfectly balance comedy and tragedy which has become a trademark of his plays, films and writing.

What’s Hangmen Like?

Hangmen follows executioner Harry Wade after the abolition of capital punishment in the United Kingdom in 1965. Wade is known as the second-best hangman in the UK due to his ability to remain stoic and composed during the executions. Wade remains in the number two guy, due to his competitors huge execution statistics and he will no longer be able to beat him, now that executions have have been abolished.

Now that executions are a thing of the past, people from all over the country flock to the pub that Wade owns to get his opinion on the abolition of capital punishment that has taken away his livelihood. A menacing yet charming stranger named Mooney arrives at the pub, causing trouble and making outrageous claims towards Wade, his family, and pub patrons. The resulting chaos from Mooney’s actions causes Wade to make a life-changing decision that he may regret. The play is ultimately a powerful condemnation of capital punishment and deals with themes of revenge and morality. A rotating cast of characters exchange banter in Wade’s pub and create an atmosphere akin to McDonagh’s trademark brand of dark comedy.

Is Hangmen Good for Kids?

In the first few minutes of this show, there is a shocking scene that may not be suitable for sensitive audiences and children. Some show attendees cover their eyes for this part. The minimum age recommended for this show is 16 years old.

Theatre Information

John Golden Theatre

252 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 805
Entrance: 45th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

John Golden Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Harry Wade
Mark Addy
Mooney
Owen Campbell
Gaby French
Richard Hollis
John Horton
Tracie Bennett
Ewen Demner
John Hodgkinson
Dan Stevens

Producers

Robert Fox

Jean Doumanian

Elizabeth I McCann

Production Credits

Casting Director
Telsey and Company
Press Agent
Polk and Co

Creative Team

Author
Martin McDonagh
Director
Matthew Dunster
Settings
Anna Fleischle
Costumes
Anna Fleischle
Lighting
Joshua Carr
Sound
Ian Dickinson