Audition: Hangmen

HANGMEN by Martin McDonagh

Audition dates are

  • Thursday 20 June at 7:30pm, and

  • Sunday 23 June at 2pm

– both at Progress Theatre.

Rehearsals will begin late July.
Performance dates are 8-16 November 2019

“I’m just as good as bloody Pierrepoint.”

In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? Among 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…

“Don’t worry. I may have my quirks but I’m not an animal. Or am I? One for the courts to discuss.”

A brilliant black comedy set in 60s Lancashire – Hangmen is fast-paced, side-splittingly funny and with a gripping tension that is relentless until the end.  

Cast List:

  • Harry Wade 40s/50s. The pub landlord and the second best hangman in England, Harry is struggling with life after the abolishment of hanging.
  • Mooney 20s/30s. from London.  Mooney is an enigma. A menacing character who manages to get under everyone’s skin. *You will need to be fairly physically fit for this role*
  • Alice 30s/50s. Harry’s wife. Alice is a strong lady, struggling with a moody teenager and a husband who is stuck in his glory days.
  • Shirley   Teens/20s.  Harry & Alice’s daughter. Shirley is naïve, awkward and takes an unfortunate shine to the mysterious Mooney.
  • Hennessy   20s/30s A young man who is hung for heinous crimes which he swears he didn’t commit…
  • Pierrepoint 40s/50s Harrys rival hangman. Pierrepoint arrives at a rather inconvenient moment.
  • Syd 30s Harrys assistant – timid and a bit odd, we see a darker side of Syd as his association with Mooney grows.
  • Inspector Fry 30s+ The local police inspector, with a bit of a drink problem. A local in Harry's pub.
  • Clegg 20s/30s A local newspaper reporter who manages to rile Harry up.
  • Bill 40s+ A pub regular, Bill is an alcoholic.
  • Charlie 50s+ A pub regular, Charlie spends a lot of time explaining goings-on to Arthur.
  • Arthur 60s+ A pub regular, Arthur is very deaf, and always 3 steps behind the conversation.


Other small roles to be played by members of the cast. All ages are approximate, please don’t discount yourself if you don’t fit the range stated!

Parts may be doubled depending on actors' availability/willingness etc.

For more information, or to read the audition pieces email the director, Steph Dewar on


Auditions at Progress Theatre are open to all, and we fully support colour-blind casting.