HT18: Hangmen

“Hangmen”, by Martin McDonagh, will be LUST’s Main Production during the Fall Semester ’18.

Hangmen takes place in 1963 in the UK and it centers around an executioner named Harry Wade, the second best hangman in the land. Harry owns a pub with his wife, Alice, and his fifteen year old daughter, Shirley. On the day England abolishes hanging, and while Harry is forced to deal with the end of his career, a peculiar stranger named Mooney lurks amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, all dying to hear about Harry’s reaction to the news. Mooney will be the only one with a very different motive for his visit.


Among Martin McDonagh’s best-known work are the play “The Pillowman” and the movies “In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths”, which he wrote and directed. He was nominated for the Film Academy Awards, the Oscars, in 2018 for his script and directing of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.


(Photo: Poster of “Hangmen”, by Martin McDonagh, for the production in the Royal Court Theatre in 2015.)