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Martin McDonagh's very productive first decade as a playwright yielded a spate of often shocking hits including The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Pillowman, but he has mostly been focusing on film of late. Directed by Matthew Dunster, his first new play to hit New York since 2010's A Behanding in Spokane is about a Northern English executioner (Mark Addy) on the day the U.K. abolishes hanging. Two years after its U.S. premiere at the Atlantic, the show is moving to Broadway with a mostly new cast that includes Tracie Bennett, Ewen Bremner and Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens. Expect plenty of gallows humor.
UPDATE: This production, which suspended performances on March 12 but had been scheduled to open on March 19, will not return when Broadway theaters reopen. “Because of the current health crisis which has created circumstances beyond our control, it is with deep regret that we are not able to resume performances of Hangmen," said producers in a statement on March 20. "With no definite end in sight of the government’s closure and Broadway’s suspension, we have no alternative but to release the actors from their contracts and close the production. …We are all extremely disappointed that we cannot give Martin McDonagh and our fabulous director, cast and team the celebrated opening they all deserve.”