The Pillowman - Duke of York's Theatre

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Duke of York's Theatre, London

Martin McDonagh’s Tony and Olivier Award-winning play The Pillowman gets its first major West End revival at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Killing Eve, Inside Number 9) star in this electrifying dark comedy, directed by Matthew Dunster (Hangmen).

Examining the role of the artist in society and the price of freedom of expression, The Pillowman is considered to be one of the greatest plays of the past 25 years.

The Pillowman will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London from 10 June to 2 September 2023.

What's the story of The Pillowman?

While living in a police state, a writer named Katurian is interrogated about a spate of murders that bear many similarities to their short stories. What has made Katurian write like she does? Is this simply life imitating art or something more sinister?

Who is in the cast of The Pillowman?

The cast of The Pillowman is led by Lily Allen (2:22 A Ghost Story) as Katurian and Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Killing Eve, Inside Number 9) as Tupolski. 

Further casting for The Pillowman is to be announced.

Who are the creative team of The Pillowman?

The Pillowman is written by Martin McDonough and directed by Matthew Dunster.

Set and Costume Design is by Anna Fleischle, Lighting Design by Neil Austin, Sound Design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and Casting is by Amy Ball.


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Show Information

Age restrictions
14+
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance dates
10 June 2023 - 2 September 2023
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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Venue Information

Duke of York's Theatre, 45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
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The Pillowman to star Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton at the Duke of York’s Theatre
A major new revival of Martin McDonagh’s Olivier Award-winning play The Pillowman has announced casting and venue for its first West End run. The Pillowman will play the Duke of York's Theatre from 10 June 2023 for a strictly limited 12 week run until 2 September 2023. The production is set to star Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton, with direction by Matthew Dunster. Further casting is to be announced. The Pillowman originally had its world premiere in November 2003 at the National Theatre directed by John Crowley starring David Tennant and Jim Broadbent; and opened on Broadway in April 2005 at the Booth Theatre starring Billy Crudup and Jeff Goldblum. The Pillowman is set in a totalitarian state, where a Writer is questioned by the authorities about a spate of murders that bear similarities to her short stories. Is this life imitating art or something more sinister, in a play that examines the role of the artist in society and asks what price do we pay for freedom of expression. Martin McDonagh said in a press statement: “I’m thrilled that The Pillowman is finally making its West End premiere. It’s a play that’s always been very close to my heart, in terms of its combination of dark comedy with its exploration of the nature of story-telling itself and the role of the artist in society. With so many personal freedoms under attack by governments and religions around the world I think it’s a perfect time to put this play on. I am a huge admirer of both Steve Pemberton and Lily Allen - their intelligence, their wit, their fun - and having Lily play Katurian, the first time this role has been played by a woman in an English-speaking version, is just so, so exciting to me. With such a strong cast, and Matthew at the helm once again, I can’t wait to be part of it.” Lily Allen said: “One of our most inventive playwrights, Martin McDonagh, is renowned for pushing boundaries and it’s a privilege to join this show. Together with my incredible 2.22 director Matthew Dunster, I am excited to help create a production of The Pillowman that is sorely needed right now in these unprecedented times. I can’t wait to bring it to life each night on stage and for audiences to get to experience it.” Steve Pemberton said: “As a huge fan of Martin McDonagh’s writing, I'm delighted that The Pillowman is heading to the West End next year. I can’t wait to help bring this blisteringly dark and funny play to life and I’m honoured to be working with such an exciting creative team." Joining Matthew Dunster on the creative team are Set and Costume Designer Anna Fleischle, the Lighting Designer is Neil Austin, Sound Designer, Ian Dickinson for Autograph and Casting is by Amy Ball. The Pillowman is produced by Empire Street Productions (Prima Facie). Martin McDonagh is an acclaimed writer for stage and film. His theatre work include Olivier Award-winning Hangmen, which ran successfully in the West End and on Broadway; The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara, The Lonesome West, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan, A Behanding in Spokane and A Very Very Very Dark Matter. McDonagh recently won the Best Screenplay Award at the Venice Film Festival for his new film The Banshees of Inisherin, is also the multi Olivier, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning playwright and screen-writer responsible for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and Six Shooter. Lily Allen, who made her West End debut in 2:22 - A Ghost Story at the Noel Coward Theatre in a role for which she was awarded Best Female-Identifying Role in a Play at the Whatsonstage Awards and Olivier nominated, will play Katurian, the first time the role has been played by a woman. Next year Allen is set to star star in new Sky original comedy Dreamland, and she is also an internationally renowned singer and songwriter. Steve Pemberton is a member of The League of Gentlemen with Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson. He co-wrote and appeared in Psychoville and Inside No. 9 for which he won the BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2019. His other television credits include: Killing Eve, Good Omens, Worzel Gummidge, Doctor Who, Benidorm, Blackpool, Shameless, Whitechapel, Happy Valley and Mapp and Lucia. His stage work includes playing Mr Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre. Steve will play Tupolski. More about The Pillowman tickets at the Duke of York's Theatre in London
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Steve Pemberton to star in Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Pillowman’
Golden Globe Award winner Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals) and BAFTA winner Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen) will star in a new production of Martin McDonagh’s Olivier Award winning play The Pillowman. Directed by Matthew Dunster, this production is the first ever West End staging of McDonagh’s electrifying and savagely funny black comedy since it premiered at the National Theatre in 2003. The play is set in a totalitarian state and centres on a Writer who is questioned by the authorities about a spate of murders that bear similarities to his short stories. This dark comedy is widely regarded as one of the greatest plays of the past 25 years and seeks to question the role of the artist in society and what price do we pay for freedom of expression. The Pillowman will begin performances at the Duke of York’s Theatre from Friday 24 July 2020 for a strictly limited 12-week season . Martin McDonagh said: "The Pillowman is a play that's always been very close to my heart, in terms of its combination of the darkest of dark comedy with its exploration of the nature of story-telling itself. It's a play that I haven't wanted to have staged in London until I could find the perfect director and the ideal cast for it, and having worked with Matthew previously on Hangmen, and been an admirer of Steve and Aaron's work for many years, I feel it's the perfect time to find out what a whole new generation makes of this peculiar tale..." McDonagh is a multi Olivier, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning playwright and screen-writer known forThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths, Six Shooter. His plays include The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Hangmen and A Very Very Very Dark Matter. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is best known for his starring role in the Kick-Ass Films, Doug Liman’s The Wall, David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King and will soon be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. Steve Pemberton's numerous credits include Psyschoville, Inside Number 9, Shameless, Whitechapel, Happy Valley and Mapp and Lucia. The production will see Dunster reunite with the multi Olivier, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning playwright and screen-writer following their smash-hit production of Hangmen at the Royal Court Theatre in 2015. A show which subsequently transferred to the West End and is about to open on Broadway. Dunster will also team up with his Hangmen creative team with Set & Costume by Anna Fleischle and Sound Design by Ian Dickinson. Further casting to be announced. The Pillowman is booking from 24 July 2020 until 17 October 2020 at the Duke of York's Theatre, London The Pillowman tickets are available now.

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