Royal Court


10 Sep 2015 - 10 Oct 2015

£12.00 - £35.00

Pro reviewers rating
15 reviews

4.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

3.0 out of 5.0

Don’t worry. I may have my quirks but I’m not an animal. Or am I? One for the courts to discuss.

In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging?

Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.

World premiere 


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“Brilliantly macabre and exhilaratingly un-PC new play... A gripping scenario... I sniff a big hit. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“This look back in sharp-eyed wonder at the grimmer side of the swinging Sixties doesn’t loosen its grip from start to finish. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Brilliant... A taut, dark comedy thriller with dialogue to die for, immaculate pacing, a first-rate cast, a great set. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Superb production matches McDonagh’s mix of dark laughter and fearsome excitement... pitch-perfect performances... Compelling. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Blackly comic brilliance... consummately well-cast and performed... ace design... The plotting is a thing of wonder... Flawless.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Brutal black comedy... Remarkable set... Shades of Pinter and Orton haunt McDonagh’s marvellous play... A glorious ensemble. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Tremendous: a departure, and a deepening of [McDonagh's] talents... Fuelled by horror and humour... Electric performances. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“McDonagh's new play is queasy exploration of the professionalism of death, the final flutterings of capital punishment in the UK”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Martin McDonagh... has not invented black comedy but is certainly perfecting it. ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Morrissey’s Wade is a pin-sharp portrait of a man whose gruff severity can’t mask his absurdity... Hilarious... devastating. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Pure sick, slick, unadulterated, McDonagh... It’s Flynn’s charismatic turn that is the funniest, darkest and most ambiguous. ”

West End Whingers

“Excellent...a highly engaging blend of quirky characters, gallows humour and farcical situations, couched in consummate dialogue”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Dark, absurd, evocative... Period-perfect black comedy... Morrissey is excellent... Shearsmith is marvellously creepy. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Ortonesque farce... Pinteresque wordplay... Sharply acted... There is no escaping the McDonagh sneer and his mean-spirited gags.”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“As verbally scabrous, physically violent, energetic and blackly comic as the best of his work hitherto. And it goes nowhere. ”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

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