“Hangmen” was saved from the executioner.
British playwright’s dark comedy Martin McDonaghwill open on Broadway this spring, two years after the film was canceled by its producers due to the coronavirus pandemic forcing theaters to close.
The revival work, about an Englishman who hanged himself at a time when Britain banned the death penalty, will now star Alfie Allen, who played Theon Greyjoy in “Game of Thrones,” as a mysterious visitor to a bar run by the hangman. The hangman will be played by Tony Award nominee David Threlfall for “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby”.
The play is currently scheduled to begin previewing on April 8 and premiering on April 21 at the Golden Theater.
In 2020, “Hangmen,” with a slightly different cast, has completed its 13th preview screening, also at Golden, and is a week away from opening when Broadway theaters close.
Eight days after the shutdown, the producers announced that they would be canceling production, stating, “We don’t have the economic resources to continue paying the theater owners, cast, and crew.” filmmaking during this as-yet-unspecified closure.” The show was the first, and one of the few, to make such a move.
“I’m not saying I have any wisdom, but when people say we’ll be back in four weeks, I never believe it,” said lead producer, Robert Fox. in this week. “We were still being charged rent, and all sorts of expenses that we didn’t have the money to cover. I assume that’s the end of ‘Hangmen’ on Broadway. “
But the play was given a new life by the US government: It was awarded $5.2 million Sponsorship of Shuttered location operatorsand then extended use of that money until June 30, 2022. Fox said that a combination of federal aid and investors returned the money they had received from the insurance claim. , “meaning we’ve got enough to implement and hopefully can support it in the early days, if it needs support.”
Many things have to be rethought: Over the past two years, one of the producers of the play, Elizabeth I. McCann, died; some of the main actors of the play were not present for personal or professional reasons; and the set was dismantled. But Fox said he wants to try again, in large part because he loves the work of McDonagh, a four-time Tony Award nominee whose other plays include “Lieutenant of Inishmore” and features other plays. Films include “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. ”
“I’m a huge fan of Martin – I think he’s a real original, and a brilliant writer, and this is Martin’s third play that I’ll be producing on Broadway,” Fox said. speak. “I don’t think anyone is going to put it back because they think they’re going to make a lot of money, but they believe it’s a great play by Martin and hopefully people want to see a dark mystery comedy. and enjoy yourself.”
“Hangmen” started its life in London, at the Royal Court Theaterand then, after the West End performance, there was an Off Broadway production at the Atlantic Theater Company, where The New York Times critic Ben Brantley called it “criminally interesting. ” Matthew Dunster has directed each production, and will do it again on Broadway; The Broadway production will feature Tracie Bennett (“End of the Rainbow”) as the hangman’s wife.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/01/theater/hangmen-broadway.html Martin McDonagh’s ‘Hangmen’ opens on Broadway this spring