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Duke of York's Theatre

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+

The Pillowman Reviews

144 Reviews
  • 5 Stars44%
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  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Stars2%

User Reviews


I'm a huge Martin McDonagh fan and have wanted to see a production of this play for many years - since I studied it at University over 10 years ago. I really enjoyed it - it had McDonagh's usual dark comedy and left me with lots to think about as per Read more

Performance date: 29 June 2023

Really absorbing, weird, quirky play and a strange but clever plot. Found it did drag a little towards the end of the first half. Liked the way it drew comedy out in situations that were horrific for the characters. Brilliant acting all round and Lil Read more

Performance date: 21 June 2023

Very dark but comedic at times. The performances were great. I went to the 3rd day of performances and there quite a few tech problems with the stage which meant the performance had to keep stopping but even with that I thought the play was well pace Read more

Performance date: 12 June 2023
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