Revelstoke Theatre Company and The Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre present the National Theatre Live production of The Hangmen by Martin McDonagh.
“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 andsycophantic 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.”
‘Hangmen’ is a wry, late 1960s-set black comedy about a retired executioner, Harry Wade which unfolds in a Manchester pub run by this dour, upright local celebrity. There’s a lot of back-and-forth barroom banter, until an earlier execution – seen in the play’s brutal, arresting opening scene – starts echoing in the present.
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.