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About the show

Please note that performances of The Pillowman have been postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The production is expected to be rescheduled at a later date.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman as it transfers to the West End. The acclaimed black comedy will thrill and disturb audiences in a limited season at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 24 July.

Katurian, an author, has been detained under interrogation by the police state he lives in. After writing a collection of twisted tales depicting violence against children, a series of murders in the real world seems to mirror his work. The authorities probe into his troubled childhood and place him under yet more suspicion - but is Katurian a criminal, or simply a storyteller?

Aaron Taylor Johnson makes his West End debut as Katurian, having previously made a name in films including Nowhere Boy and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9) co-stars as police officer Tupolski.

The Pillowman premiered at the National Theatre in 2003 and is written by Martin McDonagh, a playwright famed for his challenging but humorous style. On screen, he is best known for In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which was a hit on the 2018 awards circuit. The revival is directed by Matthew Dunster, who most recently worked on McDonagh's Hangmen and True West starring Kit Harington.

Exploring the intersection of fact and fiction with scathing and dark wit, The Pillowman is an unforgettable story that will work its way into your psyche. It runs for a limited season at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 24 July 2020.

Who Should See It?

Anyone who enjoys challenging plays will love The Pillowman, which confronts plenty of difficult subjects.

Playing at

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Seating Plan

Duke of York's Theatre seating plan

Booking period

24th Jul 2021

21st Oct 2021

17th Oct 2021

Running time