Martin McDonagh's Hangmen Announces Transfer to West End, with David Morrissey and Johnny Flynn

News   Martin McDonagh's Hangmen Announces Transfer to West End, with David Morrissey and Johnny Flynn
 
Martin McDonagh's latest play, Hangmen, his first to be staged on a London stage in over a decade that is now running at the Royal Court through Oct. 10, is to transfer to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre, beginning performances there Dec. 1 prior to an official opening Dec. 7.

Original cast members David Morrissey and Johnny Flynn will reprise their roles, with further casting still to be announced.

The West End transfer will be produced by Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions.

In a press statement, the Royal Court's artistic director Vicky Featherstone commented, "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."

The play, set in a small pub in Oldham, revolves around Harry, who is something of a local celebrity, as Britain's second-best hangman, now turned publican. On the day hanging is abolished, cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars are dying to hear his reaction to the news. But a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.

McDonagh's other plays for the Royal Court include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West. Other plays include The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Pillowman (both premiered by the National Theatre), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (premiered by the RSC) and A Behanding in Spokane (Broadway). His films include "In Bruges" and "Seven Psychopaths," and the Oscar-winning short film "Six Shooter." The play is directed by Matthew Dunster.

To book tickets and for further details, visit www.hangmentheplay.com, or call the theatre box office on 0844 482 51204 or the Royal Court box office on 020 7565 5000.

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