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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.
A flawless treat... The immaculate ingenuity and off-beam symmetry of the plotting is a thing of wonder.
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.
Martin McDonagh returns in triumph... Brilliantly macabre.
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.
[Martin McDonagh] has not invented black comedy but is certainly perfecting it.
A tar-black exploration of the men who made their living out of other men's (and women's) deaths.
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