The Pillowman

Buy The Pillowman play tickets to see an all-star cast take on Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy

An all-star cast, including Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton, will lead a revival of Martin McDonagh’s Olivier Award-winning play, The Pillowman, at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

In a totalitarian state a writer, Katurian, is questioned by authorities about a spate of murders that bear similarities to her short stories. Is this life imitating art or something more sinister? As pressure from the state increases, the troubled childhood she spent with her brother Michal threatens to be exposed. This black comedy examines the role of the artist in society and the price we pay for freedom of expression.

Lily Allen stars as Katurian in The Pillowman play. Allen is a Grammy and BRIT Award-winning singer and recording artist. She made her West End debut in 2:22 A Ghost Story, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress.

Steve Pemberton is one of Britain’s best-known comedic actors and an original member of The League of Gentlemen. He co-wrote the acclaimed TV series Psychoville and Inside No. 9 with Reece Shearsmith. His other TV roles have included Doctor Who, Benidorm and Good Omens.

The Pillowman play premiered at the National Theatre in 2003, starring David Tennant and Jim Broadbent, and winning the Olivier Award for Best Play. McDonagh has achieved acclaim on both stage and screen, securing Academy Award nominations for his films Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and In Bruges. This hotly-anticipated revival is directed by Matthew Dunster (2:22 A Ghost Story).

A timely examination of the price we pay for freedom of expression, The Pillowman play is at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited season.

Child Friendly?

McDonagh’s play features gruesome content with dark themes. Not suitable for children under the age of 16.