ROHM Theatre Kyoto Program



2018.6.15 (FRI) – 6.17 (SUN)

Theatre South Hall
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  • Hangmen

  • Hangmen

The latest play by Martin McDonagh, acclaimed writer and director of the hit film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

After his productions of “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” in 2003 and 2006, “The Pillowman” in 2004, and “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” in 2007, Keishi Nagatsuka now turns to Martin McDonagh’s most recent play. Meeting instant acclaim when it premiered in September 2015 at the Royal Court Theatre in London, “Hangmen” quickly transferred to the West End for a commercial run from September of that year. It then went on to win Best New Play at the Laurence Olivier Awards in 2016. Nagatsuka has won such prizes as the Yomiuri Theatre Best Director Award and Asahi Theatre Award for his previous work directing McDonagh’s plays, productions that have caused a storm in the Japanese theatre world for their innovative and challenging approaches. The longing, malice, and clumsy passion of humanity. An ominous visitor. And black comedy. Based on his strong affinity with McDonagh’s vision, Nagatsuka takes these elements and creates a beguiling and original world on stage for the audience.


2018.6.15 (FRI) – 6.17 (SUN)

Venue : South Hall

START 6/15(FRI) 6/16(SAT) 6/17(SUN)
13:00 ◎★

◎=Childcare Service Available (fee and reservation required) For more detail, please contact ROHM Theatre Kyoto Box Office.
★=Post-performance talk


Written by

Martin McDonagh

Translated by

Eriko Ogawa

Directed by

Keishi Nagatsuka


Tetsushi Tanaka, Natsuko Akiyama, Shunsuke Daito, Tomu Miyazaki, Hiroshi Omori, Keishi Nagatsuka, Shinpei Ichikawa, Shoichiro Tanigawa, Wataru Murakami, Miu Tomita, Ichiro Mikami, Yuichi Haba


It is 1963 in a prison in England. Harry is a hangman assigned to carry out the execution of Hennessy, who was convicted of killing a woman. Hennessy, however, claims wrongful conviction and clings to his bed. “They could’ve at least sent Pierrepoint!” he screams. Harry, who is known as the second best hangman after Albert Pierrepoint, is incensed and carries out the execution brutally.

Two years later, in 1965, we are in a small pub in the northwest English town of Oldham. On the day that the death penalty is abolished in the UK, the regulars are gathering at Harry’s pub for a drink. They are hoping to hear what Harry, the last hangman in the land, has to say. But a young stranger called Mooney arrives, bringing disquiet to the pub and exuding an air of mystery. The arrival of the enigmatic man soon ushers in a thrilling and escalating sequence of events.

Keishi Nagatsuka

Playwright, director, actor, and head of Asagaya Spiders. In 1996, Keishi Nagatsuka formed the company Asagaya Spiders, writing, directing, and acting in its work. In 2008, he studied for a year in London on the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists. After returning to Japan, he launched Kuzukawa Shichosha in 2011 for producing work outside his regular company. With it he has directed Juro Miyoshi’s “Bui” and “Okashita Mono” as well as Pinter’s “Betrayal.” In 2017, he formed another group, Shin Royal Taishusha, with the likes of Tenkyu Fukuda and Takaya Yamauchi, staging Hideji Hojo’s three-part masterpiece “Osho” at a theatre in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, in April. His recent productions including writing and directing “Twins,” “Kagami no Kanata wa Tanaka no Naka ni” (also part of the cast), “Akai KIkura Yami: Tenguto Maburoshi-tan” (and cast), and “Oto no inai Sekai de” (and cast). His recent directing includes “11 Piki no Neko,” “Kaeru Shoten,” “Itachi,” and “Macbeth.” His many awards include the Yomiuri Theatre Best Director Award. As an actor, his television and radio credits are numerous.


Presented by
ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation), Kyoto City

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Ticket Prices

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