We spent a great afternoon at the Royal Court watching Hangmen by Martin McDonagh. We had high expectations with a play written by the scriptwriter of the fabulous ‘In Bruges’ and starring favourite actors David Morrissey and Reece Shearsmith. We were not disappointed in any way.
The stage set created real drama in places and the hanging scenes were cleverly constructed to give a sense of execution without overpowering the sensibilities of the audience. David Morrissey dominated the stage for the most part but the timing and brilliance of Reece Shearsmith really shone in the second half. However, they were not alone in producing great performances, newcomer Bronwyn James was brilliant in her stage debut and Johnny Flynn was extraordinary as Mooney.
Don’t go expecting a dour play about public execution – but do go….the writing, the subject, the set and the performances create a kaleidoscope of dark, brilliant humour.