Why Martin McDonagh Says His New Play May Be His Most Shocking

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The playwright talks about the upcoming transfer of his Hangmen from London to New York.

Four-time Tony-nominated playwright Martin McDonagh stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers November 9 to talk about his newest movie starring Sam Rockwell.

But the conversation turned to his new play Hangmen, which is about to transfer from London to Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company in January 2018.

“We’re bringing three of the originals and hiring the rest locally,” says McDonagh of the cast.

Directed by Matthew Dunster, the company will feature Mark Addy (Game of Thrones, The Full Monty), Owen Campbell (As You Are), Billy Carter (Shining City), Maxwell Caulfield (An Inspector Calls), Johnny Flynn (Lovesick, Jerusalem), Gaby French (Off-Broadway debut), Gilles Geary (Off-Broadway debut), Richard Hollis (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), John Horton (The Language Archive, Amadeus), David Lansbury (War Horse, Michael Clayton), Sally Rogers (Blue Heart, The Bill), and Reece Shearsmith (High Rise, The League of Gentlemen).

As far as transferring his work from across the pond: “I think with the Irish plays, there’s a big love of Ireland in New York, and we'll see if the same is true for Manchester, England, where this play is set,” he told Meyers. “I find the sense of humor crosses boundaries pretty easy.”

Most recently, his Cripple of Inishman, starring Daniel Radcliffe, played Broadway’s Cort Theatre in 2014. McDonagh received Tony nominations for The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, The Pillowman, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. His plays often feature violence and some gore, and McDonagh, himself, calls his latest play the “most f*cked up” yet.

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