"Swinging London" took on a grim new meaning when Martin McDonagh's pitch-dark comedy Hangmen—about professional rivalry among executioners-- played the West End and won the 2016 Olivier Award for best new play. But the success of Hangmen has been anything but grim, and in addition to its acclaimed British engagements, the play was a hit Off Broadway for Atlantic Theater Company in 2018. Now its trajectory continues with a Broadway run. The play is set in 1965 in a Northern England pub run by Harry Wade (Mark Addy), who is also the second-best hangman in the UK. But now hanging has been abolished, so Harry will never be able to outshine his rival, Mooney, the very best hangman in the UK (Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey”), who turns up in Harry’s pub with an unsettling agenda of his own. McDonagh (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan) has never been more mordantly funny. Matthew Dunster directs.
Golden Theatre | 252 West 45th Street
Orchestra seats $169 - $179