The Pillowman at Duke of York's Theatre tickets
The Pillowman at Duke of York's Theatre tickets

The Pillowman

About the show

Please note that The Pillowman has been postponed in response to government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). It is expected to be rescheduled at a later date.

Martin McDonagh’s black comedy The Pillowman returns to London for a limited West End run starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson 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 his work. In this macabre and shocking play, fact merges with fiction and stories pile on top of each other, as Katurian and his brother Michal’s troubled past is dragged into the light.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars as Katurian, making his West End debut. He is best known for roles in film including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Godzilla and Nowhere Boy. Steve Pemberton - already known for macabre comedy in The League of Gentlemen and Inside No. 9 - co-stars as detective Tupolski.

The Pillowman is playwright Martin McDonagh’s Olivier and Tony Award-winning 2003 work, which premiered at the National Theatre starring David Tennant and Jim Broadbent.

After acclaimed work on stage (The Cripple of Inishmaan) and screen ( Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), McDonagh’s work returns to the West End under the direction of Olivier Award nominee Matthew Dunster (Hangmen; A Very Very Very Dark Matter), costume design from Anna Fleischle and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Bearing all the hallmarks of McDonagh’s at his acerbic best, The Pillowman is an enthralling and disturbing tale about artistic license and free speech. It plays at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited season from 24 July 2020.

Recommended for

Martin McDonagh’s fame is only rising after his Academy Award nomination in 2018 and The Pillowman is a perfect introduction to his compelling stage work.

With dark themes juxtaposed against humour, this is a great play for anyone wanting to be challenged as well as entertained at the theatre.

Age Recommendations: TBC

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Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opening: 24 Jul 2021
Booking from: 24 Jul 2021
Booking until: 17 Oct 2021

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Location and map

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4BG

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