The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire


By Martin McDonagh
Directed by John Cook
Assistant Director Kizzie Hopkinson
24th March – 2nd April 2022 at 8:00pm
Matinee on April 2nd at 2:30pm

Duration: 2hr 30mins approximately (including one interval.)

Perhaps the most line-by-line funny play seen in years.

This was the best Barn production I have ever reviewed.

Alan Davies – WH Times

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.

‘I’m just as good as bloody Pierrepoint’!

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.

Edgy and thought-provoking black comedy from the author of The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. As the noose is abolished in 1960s England, the country’s second-best hangman, now running a neighbourhood pub, reflects on his life and profession with both regulars and a mysterious stranger.

Hangmen premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in September 2015 and transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre, London in December that year. It received the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Play.


Directed by
John Cook
Assistant Director
Kizzie Hopkinson


Production Manager
Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager
Set Design
Set Dressing
Lighting Design
Lighting Operator
Rehearsal Prompt
Production Photography
Poster & Program

Thanks go to Craig at A.S. Handover Ltd and David Pullen for their help with the mahogany woodwork finish and The Chequers Inn of Wareside and HDOS Hertford for the loan of some bar paraphernalia.

A special thank you goes to Danny Swanson and Keith Thompson for stepping in to cover roles after sudden cast illness.

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This was the best Barn production I have ever reviewed.

Alan Davies – WH Times

…pitch-perfect…this look back in sharp-eyed wonder at the grimmer side of the swinging Sixties doesn’t loosen its grip from start to finish. It’s perhaps the most line-by-line funny play London has seen in years

Daily Telegraph

A flawless treat…The immaculate ingenuity and off-beam symmetry of the plotting, is a thing of wonder.

The Independant

McDonagh is the funniest and cruellest voice of his generation

Time Out

Martin McDonagh has not invented black comedy but is certainly perfecting it!

The Times


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At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.

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