NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS’ PICK!
“Martin McDonagh reclaims his mantle as the great deceiver of contemporary theater with Hangmen, a sly throat-gripping mystery directed with gleaming precision and grinning relish by Matthew Dunster. McDonagh works his double-edged, sinister magic on a stage, making breathless, alarmed and deeply satisfied dupes of us all.”
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Hangmen is the best new play in New York City… What a coup for the Atlantic Theater Company. Brilliant and electrifyingly satisfying. McDonagh’s command of language and pace is as mischievous as it is virtuosic. It is both quietly devastating and revealingly absurd.”
— Tim Teeman, Daily Beast
“Another knockout production! McDonagh and his wonderful cast of oddball characters are in a special class all to themselves.”
— Roma Torre, NY 1
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the US Premiere of the Royal Court Theatre production of
Written by MARTIN MCDONAGH
Directed by MATTHEW DUNSTER
Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street
Run time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with 1 brief intermission
FINAL EXTENSION ANNOUNCED! Now playing through March 25 only.
In his small pub in the northern English town of 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 pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd and the peculiar Mooney lurk with very different motives for their visit.
Following a sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre and subsequent transfer to the West End, Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (Atlantic/Broadway’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan) returns to Atlantic with his first US premiere in 8 years!
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Video: Sound Design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph
Photos by Ahron R. Foster | Pictured: Mark Addy, Johnny Flynn, David Lansbury, Gilles Geary, Billy Carter, Richard Hollis, John Horton, Owen Campbell, Reece Shearsmith, Gaby French, Sally Rogers.
“Delectably dark! The dialogue crackles, the running jokes are devilishly good and the characters are incisively drawn, providing choice fodder for an electric ensemble.”
— David Ronney, The Hollywood Reporter
“Sly and morbidly funny! Nastily good.”
— Sara Holdren, New York Magazine
“The morbid wit of McDonagh remains corrosively funny on stage. Seditiously funny!”
— Marilyn Stasio, Variety
“With a stellar cast, McDonagh’s new play astonishes! Old fashion, engrossing and extremely entertaining, Hangmen is unquestionably one of the most exciting Off-Broadway productions of the season.”
— Matt Windman, amNY
“Under the direction of Matthew Dunster, the whole ensemble is killer. Hangmen comes out swinging.”
— Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News
— Robert Hofler, The Wrap
“Good nasty fun!”
— Max McGuinness, The Financial Times
“The dark comedy (in the McDonagh tradition) is an entertaining, gripping mystery at heart, full of the kind of twists that, were it a novel, would keep you turning pages all night.”
— Barbara Schuler, Newsday
“Dark, dangerous, and damn good.”
— Jil Picariello, ZEALnyc
Production photos by Ahron R. Foster.
MARK ADDY (Harry) was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in Collaborators at Royal National Theatre. Other West End includes London Assurance, Fram, Wild Oats, The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, Much Ado About Nothing, The Shaughraun, Bartholomew Fair, Ghetto (Royal National Theatre), Donkeys’ Years (Comedy Theatre). Regional: The Hypocrite (Hull Truck Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company); The Nap (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Mail Order Bride (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Passion Killers, April in Paris, The Office Party, Up and Under, Bouncers and Up’N’Under II (Hull Truck Theatre); One Over the Eight (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Moll Flanders (York Theatre Royal); Three Sisters (Royal Exchange Manchester). Film: The Full Monty, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Jack Frost, Down to Earth, The Order, A Knight’s Tale, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, Barney’s Version and Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. Recent film credits include The More You Ignore Me. Television: “The Thin Blue Line,” “Still Standing,” “Red Riding: 1983,” “Game of Thrones” as King Robert Baratheon, “Trollied,” “Atlantis,” “New Blood,” “Jericho,” “Young Hyacinth” and “Remember Me.”
OWEN CAMPBELL (Clegg) was last on stage in Playwrights Horizons’ production of Indian Summer. He has been in numerous films and television shows, including As You Are (Special Jury Award, Sundance 2016), as well as “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO) and “The Americans” (FX). He is a founding member of the Zoo City Art Collective.
BILLY CARTER (Charlie). Most recent New York appearance: Ian in Shining City opposite Matthew Broderick. Broadway: A Moon for the Misbegotten with Eve Best. Off-Broadway: The Weir, Port Authority, 39 Steps and All That Fall with Michael Gambon. Has worked extensively in London and throughout the U.K. at the following: Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Lyric Theatre and Southwalk Playhouse. London, West End: Birdsong dir. Trevor Nunn (Pinter); The Malcontent, Island Princess, Eastward Ho! and The Roman Actor (Gielgud/RSC); Macbeth (Queens); I Cant Sing! with Cynthia Erivo at The London Palladium. TV: Best known for Thomas Andrews in “Titanic: Blood and Steel” opposite Derek Jacobi (Starz, Amazon). Other: “Luke Cage” (Marvel, Netflix), “Turn” (AMC), “Sons of Liberty” (History) and as series regular for various BBC shows. Film: Festival (Film4) Up on the Roof (Granada). Proud member of Actors Equity Association.
MAXWELL CAULFIELD (Albert) began his acting career in the summer of 1978 at the present day New York Theatre Workshop. He next earned a Theatre World Award for British import Class Enemy, which was shortly followed by the title role in the celebrated revival of Entertaining Mr. Sloane at Cherry Lane Theatre. He starred in Grease 2 opposite a then-unknown Michelle Pfeiffer, then Salonika at The Public Theater starring Jessica Tandy, followed by time ABC’s “The Colbys” as Charlton Heston’s wayward son. Among his cult film roles: The Boys Next Door; Empire Records; and Tom Di Cillo’s satire The Real Blonde, in which Maxwell portrayed the narcissistic soap opera actor and part-time waiter Bob. He has worked for both The New Group in My Night with Reg as well as MTC in Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady. On Broadway he appeared in the Tony-winning production of An Inspector Calls and had a brief engagement as Billy Flynn in Chicago after a highly successful run in the West End production. Of late he has toured the U.K. in major productions of Guys and Dolls, Singin’ in the Rain and Bedroom Farce with his wife of over three decades Juliet Mills, whom he first met when director Jack Hofsiss cast them together in his much-lauded production of The Elephant Man.
JOHNNY FLYNN (Mooney) is thrilled to be reprising the role of Mooney which he played in the original Royal Court Theatre production and in its West End transfer. Other theatre credits include The Taming of the Shrew/Twelfth Night (BAM, Old Vic, world tour), The Low Road and The Heretic (Royal Court Theatre), Richard III/Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe, West End) playing Viola opposite Mark Rylance and earning an Ian Charleson award nomination, Jerusalem (West End) also with Mark Rylance and earning an Olivier nomination. TV includes “Vanity Fair,” “Lovesick,” “Brotherhood,” “Inside No. 9,” “The Nightmare Worlds of HG Wells,” “Detectorists” and “Genius” playing Einstein for which he is nominated for a Critics Choice Award. Recent films include Beast, Clouds of Sils Maria, Love is Thicker than Water, Song One, Lotus Eaters. Johnny is also a composer for TV, theatre and film and recently released a fourth studio album Sillion with his band Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit.
GABY FRENCH (Shirley) graduated last year from the acclaimed British acting school ALRA, winning the coveted Laurence Olivier Bursary Award during her time there. Before graduating, Gaby won a leading role in the new play Scarlett, which premiered at Hampstead Theatre in London prior to a run at Theatr Clwyd, Wales.
GILLES GEARY (Hennessy) recently graduated from The Juilliard School of Drama this past year. Upon graduation, he was cast in “The Path” for Hulu and starred in both Jacqueline Dow’s Little Hope and Chloe Aktas’ Cuddle Party. He is thrilled to be working on a Martin McDonagh piece with Matthew Dunster and Atlantic Theater Company. Previous credits include “Bad Education” (BBC), “Spirit Warriors” (BBC).
RICHARD HOLLIS (Bill). Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- Time. Off-Broadway: Muswell Hill (The Barrow Group). Regional: Taking Steps (Barrington Stage Company); Bedroom Farce (Huntington Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (Center Stage); Stones in his Pockets (Hudson Stage), Hit-Lit (Queens Theatre); Present Laughter (Two River Theater); The Illusion (Triad Stage); Sisters Rosensweig (Capital Rep); Romeo and Juliet, The Real Thing, Amadeus (Northern Stage). Royal National Theatre, London: Coast of Utopia, His Girl Friday, Tartuffe, The Wonders of Sex and The Country Doctor. Film and television includes Dark Shadows, Believe and the original BBC series of “The Office,” as well as “Waking the Dead,” “Eastenders,” “Shakespeare’s Happy Endings” and “Silent Witness.”
JOHN HORTON (Arthur). Broadway: Anything Goes; A Touch of the Poet; Noises Off; Kiss Me, Kate; Moby Dick; Photo Finish; Otherwise Engaged; Spokesong; Bedroom Farce; Amadeus; The Homecoming; London Assurance; Golden Child; and Lettice and Lovage (national tour). Off-Broadway: Allegro and Damn Yankees (Encores!), The Language Archive, Engaged, The Rear Column, Close of Play. Regional: Quartermaine’s Terms (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Trying (Walnut Street Theatre), Heartbreak House (BTF), Racing Demon (Guthrie Theater), The Circle (Westport Country Playhouse). Film: The Shawshank Redemption, Thinner, Donnie Brasco. TV: “Elementary,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” “Madam Secretary.” As narrator in concert and recordings with Igor Stravinsky, Glenn Gould and Juilliard String Quartet.
DAVID LANSBURY (Fry). Broadway: War Horse, Hedda Gabler, Major Barbara, The Heidi Chronicles. Off-Broadway: Pride’s Crossing, Hapgood (LCT); Groundswell, Comedians (The New Group); The Hairy Ape, Defender of the Faith, Banished Children of Eve (Irish Rep). Regional and U.K.: The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, Young Vic U.K., Birmingham Rep U.K. Films: Michael Clayton, Valley Inn, Macbeth in Manhattan, Scent of a Woman, Gas Food and Lodging, From Other Worlds, Stranger in the Kingdom, Gorillas in the Mist. Television: “Fringe,” “Sex in the City,” “Oz,” “Law & Order,” “Truman.” Graduate of The Royal Central School Of Speech and Drama U.K., and a member of the Actor’s Center.
SALLY ROGERS (Alice). New York theatre: Blue Heart (BAM, Out of Joint). London theatre: most recently The Good Canary directed by John Malkovich at Rose Theatre; Hangmen (Royal Court, Wyndham’s); The People are Friendly, Uganda, Killing the Cat (Royal Court Theatre); Our Country’s Good (Young Vic, London and international tour); Children’s Children (Almeida Theatre); The Duchess of Malfi, Billy Liar, Murmuring Judges, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Black Snow (National Theatre); Rita Sue and Bob Too, A State Affair, Some Explicit Polaroids, Blue Heart (Out of Joint). Other U.K. theatre: Blithe Spirit, Oliver Twist (Bristol Old Vic) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chester). Film and television credits include “Cold Feet,” “Siblings,” “The Syndicate,” “Little Britain,” “Messiah,” “Pepys,” “The Lakes,” Murphy’s Law, “Playing the Field,” “Out of Hours,” Press, “Come Fly with Me” and “A Touch of Frost.”
REECE SHEARSMITH (Syd). Theatre credits include The Dresser (Duke of York’s Theater), Hangmen (Royal Court Theatre), Absent Friends (Harold Pinter), Betty Blue Eyes (Novello), Ghost Stories (Duke of York’s Theater), Comedians (Lyric Theatre), The Common Pursuit (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Producers (Theatre Royal), As You Like It (Wyndam’s Theatre), Art (Whitehall Theatre) and A Local Show for Local People (tour). Reece’s television credits include “Inside Number 9” (Series 1, 2 and 3), “Galavant,” “Doctor Who,” “Stag,” “Hunderby,” Peter Kay’s “Car Share,” “Mid-Morning Matters with Alan Partridge,” “Chasing Shadows,” “The Widower,” “An Adventure in Space and Time,” “The Hollow Crown” (Henry IV, Part 2), “Bad Sugar,” “Psychoville,” “Eric & Ernie,” “The Bear” (Chekhov Shorts), “The First Men in the Moon,” “Coming Up,” “New Tricks,” “Christmas at the Riviera,” “Ladies and Gentlemen,” “Marple: Ordeal by Innocence,” “The Abbey,” “Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere,” “Catterick,” “Tlc,” The League of Gentlemen,” “Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)” and “Spaced.” Film credits include High Rise, A Field in England, The World’s End, Burke & Hare, The Cottage, The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse, Shaun of the Dead and Birthday Girl. Awards include Royal Television Society Award for Comedy Performance (“Inside Number 9”); British Comedy Awards for Best TV Comedy Drama and Best New TV Comedy (“Psychoville”); South Bank Show Award for Best Comedy, NME Award for Best Television Programme, BAFTA Award for Best Comedy, Golden Rose of Montreux, RTS Award for Best Entertainment and Perrier Award (“The League of Gentlemen”); and Sony Silver Award (“On the Town with The League of Gentlemen”).
MARTIN MCDONAGH (Playwright) is an award-winning writer/director. His latest film is Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. Plays: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara, The Lonesome West, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Pillowman, A Behanding in Spokane, Hangmen. As writer/director: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri; Seven Psychopaths; In Bruges; Six Shooter (short film).
MATTHEW DUNSTER (Director). Directing credits include Hangmen, Liberian Girl (Royal Court), 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 Theatre), 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). Writing credits include Children’s Children (Almeida Theatre), You Can See the Hills (Royal Exchange Manchester), Two Clouds Over Eden. Writing for BBC R4: “Depth of Field” and “Poor Echo.” Directing for R4: “Love and Money.”