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Martin McDonagh's macabre and darkly comic play about fact, fiction and murder returns to London, starring Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton.

Martin McDonagh’s enthralling black comedy

Martin McDonagh’s dark, captivating The Pillowman returns to London for a limited West End run starring Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton. Delve into a twisted story of fairy tales, surveillance and murder from one of the UK’s greatest modern playwrights at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

In the harsh interrogation rooms of a totalitarian state, an author called Katurian is being questioned over a spate of child killings that eerily mirror her work. In this shocking play, fact merges with fiction as Katurian and her family’s troubled past is dragged into the light.

Lily Allen stars as Katurian in The Pillowman London revival, after making her West End debut in 2:22 A Ghost Story. Steve Pemberton - already known for macabre comedy in The League of Gentlemen and Inside No. 9 - co-stars as detective Tupolski.

The Pillowman play is written by Martin McDonagh (Hangmen; In Bruges), and won the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play. It is directed by Matthew Dunster (Hangmen).

Bearing all the hallmarks of McDonagh at his acerbic best, book The Pillowman tickets for an enthralling and disturbing tale about artistic license and free speech.

Sorry this show closed 02 September 2023, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
01 Sep 2023 - 02 Sep 2023
Running time:
2 hours and 25 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+

Latest Audience Reviews

Incredible show! Acting all throughout is sublime. Recommend seeing it without knowing the ins a... More

Great play but, for me, Lily Allen sadly just wasn't convincing as Katurian. Steve Pemberton, Dan... More

In true Martin McDonagh style, 'The Pillowman' is written as a dark, graphic comedy. If you're a... More

With Martin McDonough, you're guaranteed a weird and wonderful ride. This play is set in a totali... More

I'm a huge Martin McDonagh fan and have wanted to see a production of this play for many years -... More

Very dark and harrowing but incredibly thought provoking. Beautifully staged with excellent perfo... More

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