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Hangmen, starring Dan Stevens, has officially closed
The Broadway premiere of Martin McDonagh's dark comedy will no longer resume performances at the Golden Theatre.
Hang it all! The Broadway premiere of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen, which began preview performances at the Golden Theatre on February 28, 2020, has now officially closed and will no longer resume performances when Broadway theaters re-open following the current lockdown.
The production played a total of 13 preview performances and was scheduled for an official opening on March 19 and a limited engagement through July 18, 2020.
Producers Robert Fox, Jean Doumanian, Elizabeth I. McCann and Craig Balsam released the following joing statement: “Because of the current health crisis which has created circumstances beyond our control, it is with deep regret that we are not able to resume performances of Hangmen. With no definite end in sight of the government’s closure and Broadway’s suspension, we have no alternative but to release the actors from their contracts and close the production. Given our show’s budget and capitalization, we do not have the economic resources to be able to continue to pay the theater owners, cast and crew through this still undefined closure period. Therefore, in the interests of all involved, we regretfully have no choice but to close the show. We are all extremely disappointed that we cannot give Martin McDonagh and our fabulous director, cast and team the celebrated opening they all deserve.”
Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London in September 2015, quickly transferring to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre in December 2015, winning 'Best New Play' and 'Best Set Design' at the 2016 Olivier Awards. The play's Off-Broadway premiere was presented by Atlantic Theater Company from January through March 2018.
Synopsis: "England 1965 – What is Britain’s (second most) famous executioner to do now that hanging has been abolished? The simple answer is a lot more than he bargained for. In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity and the cub reporters and pub regulars are dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, while his old assistant Syd and the mysterious Mooney lurk with very different motives for their visit."
The Broadway cast of Hangmen included (in alphabetical order) Olivier Award nominee Mark Addy (as Harry), two-time Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett (as Alice), Ewen Bremner (as Syd), Owen Campbell (as Clegg), Jeremy Crutchley (as Inspector Fry), Gaby French (as Shirley), Josh Goulding (as Hennessy), Olivier Award nominee John Hodgkinson (as Pierrepoint), Richard Hollis (as Bill), John Horton (as Arthur), Ryan Pope (as Charlie), and Dan Stevens (as Mooney).
The creative team behind Hangmen on Broadway featured scenic & costume design by Olivier Award winner Anna Fleischle, lighting design by Joshua Carr and sound design by Olivier Award winner Ian Dickinson.
Mr. McDonagh is perhaps best known for his screenplays of the hit films "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," "Seven Psychopaths," and "In Bruges." In addition, he has earned four Tony Award nominations - for The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2006), The Pillowman (2005), The Lonesome West (1999), and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1998). His most recent Broadway credits include 2014's The Cripple of Inishmaan and 2010's A Behanding in Spokane, and, across the pond, he has won a total of three Olivier Awards, including 'Best New Play' for Hangmen in 2016.
(Photo by Joan Marcus)