19:45, Tue 2nd – Sat 6th July 2024 at ADC Theatre
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"I’m just as good as bloody Pierrepoint." So says Harry, in his small pub in Oldham where he is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging?
Among 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, telling the regulars:"‘Don’t worry. I may have my quirks but I’m not an animal. Or am I? One for the courts to discuss."
Set mostly in Harry’s Oldham pub in 1965, Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London in September 2015. It received the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Play, with the Daily Telegraph describing it as "Pitch perfect…Perhaps the most line-by-line funny play London has seen in years."