The forthcoming Broadway production of Martin McDonagh’s Olivier-winning comedy Hangmen has its star. Dan Stevens will play the role of Mooney in the piece, directed by Matthew Dunster. Also in the cast are Olivier Award nominee Mark Addy (Game of Thrones) as Harry, two-time Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow) as Alice, Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting) as Syd, Owen Campbell (Indian Summer) as Clegg, Gaby French (Military Wives) as Shirley, Olivier Award nominee John Hodgkinson as Pierrepoint (The Ferryman), Richard Hollis (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) as Bill, and John Horton (Anything Goes) as Arthur.
Television audiences will know Dan Stevens for his performance in the award-winning series Downton Abbey wherein he portrayed Matthew Crawley from 2010-2012. Film roles include Sit Lancelot in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the Beast in Disney’s live-action musical Beauty and the Beast, and Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas. In 2012, Stevens made his Broadway debut in a revival of The Heiress. Stage roles in the West End include appearances in The Vortex and Arcadia.
McDonaugh’s play, which is set in England 1965, explores the story of Britain’s (second-most) famous executioner and his question over what 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.”
Hangmen begins previews at Broadway’s Golden Theatre on February 29, 2020 toward an official opening on March 19.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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