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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.

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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+

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: Choose seats in the middle of Stalls rows C-E to feel immersed in the creepy, haunting and funny quirks of this play. More action happens on the right-hand side of the stage, so sitting slightly left of centre will give you a fantastic view as the Katurian is interrogated.

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

    katehenderson's avatar
    katehenderson 25 Jul 2023

    Really absorbing, weird, quirky play and a strange but clever plot. Found it did drag a little to... More

    leepeddie's avatar
    leepeddie Top 100 reviewer 21 Jun 2023

    Excellent acting from the leads (Lily Allen, Steve Pemberton and Paul Kaye), this is billed as a... More

    nigels2's avatar
    nigels2 05 Sep 2023

    Very dark but comedic at times. The performances were great. I went to the 3rd day of performance... More

    gemmaj2's avatar
    gemmaj2 13 Jun 2023

    I liked the story and the performances were great. Sad to see Paul Kaye was not in it but the the... More

    waynes4's avatar
    waynes4 03 Aug 2023

    A dark, but funny at times, play. Great performances from Lily Allen, Steve Pemberton and Paul Ka... More

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    amandam19 Top 200 reviewer 07 Sep 2023
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