About the showLily Allen and Steve Pemberton star 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.
Katurian, an author, has been detained under interrogation by the police state hse lives in. After writing a collection of twisted tales depicting violence against children, a series of murders in the real world seems to mirror her work. The authorities probe into her troubled childhood and place her under yet more suspicion - but is Katurian a criminal, or simply a storyteller?
Grammy Award winning singer Lily Allen stars as Katurian, having previously made her West End debut in 2:22 A Ghost Story. Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9) co-stars as detective 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.
Who Should See It?Anyone who enjoys challenging plays will love The Pillowman, which confronts plenty of difficult subjects. Buy tickets
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Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
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