Dan Stevens of 'Downton Abbey' to Return to Broadway in 'Hangmen'

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Martin McDonagh's corrosive comedy, an Olivier Award winner in London, will begin previews Feb. 28 at New York's Golden Theatre.

Initial casting was unveiled Wednesday for the recently announced Broadway transfer in the spring of Martin McDonagh's dark comedy-thriller Hangmen, with Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey and Legion set to tackle the key role of Peter Mooney.

The production will mark a return for the British actor to the Broadway stage, having made his debut in 2012 starring opposite Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn in The Heiress. His additional screen credits include fantasy film Colossal and sci-fi drama Lucy in the Sky.

Appearing alongside Stevens, Mark Addy (Game of Thrones) will reprise his role from the hit 2018 off-Broadway premiere of Hangmen, heading an ensemble cast that also includes Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett, Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting) and John Hodgkinson. In addition to Addy, other holdovers from the previous New York run at the Atlantic Theater Company include Owen Campbell, Gaby French, Richard Hollis and John Horton, with further cast to be announced.

The play is set in England in 1965, the year capital punishment was abolished, with much of the drama unfolding at the Lancashire pub owned by Britain's second most famous executioner, Harry Wade, the role played by Addy. Stevens' character is a menacing stranger from London whose motives initially remain unclear as he insinuates himself into Harry's world.

Hangmen was originally produced at London's Royal Court Theatre and transferred to the West End, where it won the Olivier Award for best new play in 2016. Two years later, it was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle honor for best foreign play following the Atlantic premiere. McDonagh is a four-time previous Tony nominee, known also for his big-screen work as writer-director on In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Directed by Matthew Dunster, Hangmen will begin previews Feb. 28 at Broadway's Golden Theatre, with an official opening set for March 19. The limited engagement is scheduled to run 20 weeks, wrapping July 18.