***Please note that performances of The Pillowman have been postponed in response to government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). It is expected to be rescheduled to 2021.***
An all-star cast, including Golden Globe-winner Aaron Taylor-Johnson 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 his short stories. Is this life imitating art or something more sinister? As pressure from the state increases, the troubled childhood he spent with his disabled 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.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an acclaimed screen actor, best-known for his leading roles in the Kick-Ass franchise and as Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He had his breakthrough role as John Lennon in the biopic Nowhere Boy. He won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Tom Ford’s thriller Nocturnal Animals.
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 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.
A timely examination of the price we pay for freedom of expression, The Pillowman will play at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited season.