Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen is going to the US, with Reece Shearsmith reprising his role as Syd.
The acclaimed play – a dark comedy about a hangman managing an Oldham pub in the 1960s – ran at the Royal Court Theatre in London in late 2015, followed by a run at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London in early 2016. It won ‘best new play’ at both the Oliver Awards and the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards and also received awards for its brilliant set design. Reece Shearsmith played Syd in the original Royal Court production, but couldn’t follow it to the Wyndham’s Theatre due to filming commitments, so Andy Nyman took over his part.
Now Hangmen is heading to New York, where it will run at the Linda Gross Theater from February 5th to March 4th 2018, with previews beginning January 18th. Reece is reprising his role as Syd, along with other original cast members Johnny Flynn as Mooney and Sally Rogers as Alice. Mark Addy (Game of Thrones) will be playing Harry.
Here’s the synopsis for the US production:
“In his small pub in the northern English town of 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 pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd and the peculiar Mooney lurk with very different motives for their visit.”