Hangmen on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed
- Show Status: Closed
- Genre: Play - Broadway Premiere
- Hangmen is 2 hours and 30 minutes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
- 8 Shows per week
- Previews Began: April 8, 2022
- Show Opened: April 21, 2022
- Show Closed: June 18, 2022
Playwright 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.
Originally Premiered in London's West End
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
Martin McDonagh Biography
This 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.
COVID-19 Death Sentence Commuted
Hangmen had completed only 13 preview performances in 2020 when it was forced to close . I appeared at the Golden Theatre when the pandemic forced the closure of all Broadway theaters on March 12, 2020. The show was the first on Broadway to announce it would not return after the shutdown, citing the financial inability to pay rent for the theater and retain its cast and crew members.
The show’s four producers, Robert Fox, Jean Doumanian, Elizabeth McCann and Craig Balsam, made a joint-announcement that stated "because of economic concerns and for the safety of their cast" they are closing down the show. The show was originally scheduled to perform until July 18th, 2020. Some insiders had believed that the production may come back to Broadway at a later date.
New Performance Dates in 2022
In a post COVID light and with different financial backers, Hangmen now returns to Broadway and is set to begin preview performances on April 8, 2022. This ahead of an opening night scheduled for April 21, 2022. The play will run for a limited 10-week engagement.
This production contains haze, smoking, and depictions of violence which may not be suitable for all viewers.
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.
John Golden Theatre
New York, NY 10019
- Harry Wade
- Mark Addy
- Tracie Bennett
- Ewen Demner
- Owen Campbell
- Inspector Fry
- Jeremy Crutchley
- Gaby French
- Josh Goulding
- John Hodgkinson
- Richard Hollis
- John Horton
- Ryan Pope
- Alfie Allen
Past Cast Members
- Dan Stevens
Elizabeth I McCann
- Casting Director
- Telsey and Company
- Press Agent
- Polk and Co
- Martin McDonagh
- Matthew Dunster
- Anna Fleischle
- Anna Fleischle
- Joshua Carr
- Ian Dickinson