The latest play by Martin McDonagh, acclaimed writer and director of the hit film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
2018.6.15 (FRI) – 6.17 (SUN)
Venue : South Hall
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.
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.
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