February 15, 2016


National Theatre Live presents ...



Martin McDonagh's first UK play in more than ten years has received rave, five star reviews from the critics. A performance was recorded live on the stage of the Wyndham Theatre in London's West End. It will be shown on a screen in the Grainstore.

"Gripping, funny and dramatically tense, Hangmen is a thoroughly great play." - Sunday Times ★★★★★

"The best new play of the year." - The Telegraph ★★★★★

"A flawless treat. Drop-dead hilarious. " - The Independent ★★★★★

"A tremendous, terrifying return by Martin McDonagh...electrifying performances." - The Guardian ★★★★★

"The most line-by-line funny show London has seen in years." - Daily Telegraph ★★★★★

"Pitch perfect" - Telegraph ★★★★★

About Hangmen:

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.

‘Don’t worry. I may have my quirks but I’m not an animal. Or am I? One for the courts to discuss.’

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

Cast includes Josef Davies, James Dryden, Johnny Flynn, Graeme Hawley, John Hodgkinson, Ralph Ineson, Bronwyn James, David Morrissey, Ryan Pope, Sally Rogers, Simon Rouse and Reece Shearsmith. Further casting to be announced.

Please note start time of 7pm. Running time: 2 hour and 30 minutes (including interval).

There will be strobe lighting, smoking & haze effect used during this performance.

Martin McDonagh’s work includes 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/West End/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 the 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).

Director Matthew Dunster’s credits include Liberian Girl, The Seagull, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Regent’s Park), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Lightning Child, Arthur Darvill 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, 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 at the (Almeida) and You Can See the Hills (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

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