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Martin McDonagh

The first play in ten years from celebrated playwright and film maker Martin McDonagh, Hangmen premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London in 2015.

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I’m just as good as bloody Pierrepoint.

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.

Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2015. It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play 2016.

Critic Reviews

A flawless treat... The immaculate ingenuity and off-beam symmetry of the plotting is a thing of wonder.

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Pitch-perfect... Perhaps the most line-by-line funny play London has seen in years... Takes you brilliantly, without any crude coercion, to the heart of serious questions about justice and punishment.

Daily Telegraph
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Martin McDonagh returns in triumph... Brilliantly macabre.

What's on Stage
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Martin McDonagh has lost none of his power to shock... He returns with a savagely black comedy that reminds us it is exactly 50 years since the end of hanging... A compelling evening that confirms McDonaghs's prodigal, pluralist talent.

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[Martin McDonagh] has not invented black comedy but is certainly perfecting it.

The Times
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A tar-black exploration of the men who made their living out of other men's (and women's) deaths.

The Stage

Martin McDonagh’s first play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, was nominated for six Tony awards, of which it won four, and the Laurence Olivier Award. In 2003, his play The Pillowman had its world premiere at the National Theatre, London, and received the 2004 Olivier Award. In 2006, Martin McDonagh won an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter. In…

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