Full Length, Comic Thriller
THE STORY: 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.
“Gripping, funny and dramatically tense, HANGMEN is a thoroughly great play…riveting from start to finish. Almost every line is laugh-out-loud funny, every moment filled with dramatic tension.” —The Sunday Times (UK). “[HANGMEN] adds up to a stinging indictment of capital punishment but never can the case against it have been mounted with such blissfully disreputable humour in a work that refuses, to put it mildly, to wear its heart on its sleeve. …The immaculate ingenuity and off-beam symmetry of the plotting is a thing of wonder. …A flawless treat.” —The Independent (London). “McDonagh’s first play for more than 10 years is tremendous: a departure, and a deepening of his talents.” —The Observer (UK). “…pitch-perfect…re-establishes [McDonagh] as the one to beat…this look back in sharp-eyed wonder at the grimmer side of the swinging Sixties doesn’t loosen its grip from start to finish. It’s perhaps the most line-by-line funny play London has seen in years. …[McDonagh] takes you brilliantly, without any crude coercion, to the heart of serious questions about justice and punishment—and the fallibility of the way we reach verdicts.” —The Daily Telegraph (UK). “…ruthlessly funny…locates belly laughs amid an unfolding atmosphere of menace…Mr. McDonagh suggests that humankind’s capacity for violence exists well beyond the state sanction (or not) of capital punishment.” —NY Times.