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The Pillowman

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  • Starring: Lily Allen, Steve Pemberton
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Lily Allen, Steve Pemberton

Would you like to see Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton live on stage? Have you heard great things about The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh? This fabulous play is being staged at the Duke of York's theatre, and it has already got the critics talking. Don't miss your chance to see a classic for our times, dark and disturbingly funny.

What's the plot?

McDonagh's extraordinary Olivier Award winning play originally premiered at the National Theatre in 2003, starring David Tennant. That was the only time it has appeared in the UK... until now. The story is about a writer, Katurian, who is questioned by the authorities about a series of child murders that are horribly similar to the series of short stories he's written.

When Katurian's brother Michal confesses to the crimes Katurian does everything in his power to protect his stories. The resulting plot is a powerful and completely unique psychological thriller with a comic edge, and it'll have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

As the playwright McDonagh himself said about this fantastic piece of work, “The Pillowman is a play that's always been very close to my heart, in terms of its combination of the darkest of dark comedy with its exploration of the nature of story-telling itself. It's a play that I haven't wanted to have staged in London until I could find the perfect director and the ideal cast for it, and having worked with Matthew previously on Hangmen, and been an admirer of Steve and Aaron's work for many years, I feel it's the perfect time to find out what a whole new generation makes of this peculiar tale."

The creative team

The set and costume design comes from Anna Fleischle. The sound design is by Ian Dickinson and the director is Matthew Dunster, whose work on Hangmen, and A Very Very Very Dark Matter delighted us so much. Produced by Empire Street Productions, it stars Taylor-Johnson as Katurian and Steve Pemberton – known and loved for The League of Gentlemen and Benidorm - as Tupolski. The casting is by Amy Ballfur.

About the playwright

Martin McDonagh's work includes the Academy Award-winning movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and The Aran Islands trilogy. Daniel Radcliffe's role in the magical play The Cripple of Inishmaan, one play from the trilogy, won him a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Play.

Who is this show for?

This is a clever black comedy widely seen as one of the greatest plays of the past 25 years. It explores the complex themes of the role of the artist in society and the price we pay for freedom of expression. As such it's probably best for people aged 14 and above.

The Pillowman Official Theatre Tickets

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The Pillowman Ticket Information

  • Booking until:

    Saturday, 2 September 2023

  • Running time:

    2hr 25m (incl. interval)

  • Age restrictions

    Recommended 14+

  • Important Information

    Recommended 14+

  • Cancellations & Refunds

    Once booked, tickets to The Pillowman are usually non exchangeable and non refundable as per our terms & conditions. In practice, however, we will do our best to accommodate your request as long as we are notified at least 48 hours before the performance. Please contact us for more information.

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Latest customer reviews

All reviews are from customers who have been invited to leave a review just after seeing The Pillowman.


Thrilling! Not a second unattentive

Y Reviewed on 10 August 2023 by
Wittlich, Germany



Fantastic show with a great story and character driven narrative.

A Reviewed on 09 August 2023 by
Lincoln, United Kingdom



Fantastic play with great acting but super intense.

S Reviewed on 17 June 2023 by
London, United Kingdom

21 Jun
Stuart King

Review: THE PILLOWMAN at Duke of York’s Theatre

by Stuart King | Wednesday, June 21 2023, 23:33

Martin McDonagh’s absurdist and sinister black comedy THE PILLOWMAN has begun a London revival at the Duke of York’s which is set to continue through the summer. The play was first presented at the National Theatre back in 2003, with David Tennant and Jim Broadbent. Here, Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton assume the roles of Katurian the writer of macabre short stories, and Detective Tupolski the police interrogator.

Paul Kaye (Ariel) Lily Allen (Katurian). Pic by Johan PerssonPaul Kaye (Ariel) and Lily Allen (Katurian) in The Pillowman at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Pic by Johan Persson

Review: THE PILLOWMAN at Duke of York’s Theatre
20 Jun
Emmie Newitt

Production Images Released Of West End Premiere of Martin McDonagh's THE PILLOWMAN

by Emmie Newitt | Tuesday, June 20 2023, 10:10

New production photographs of Martin McDonagh's electrifying and savagely funny Olivier-Award winning production THE PILLOWMAN by Johan Persson have been released.


Production Images Released Of West End Premiere of Martin McDonagh's THE PILLOWMAN
01 Jun
Eleni Cashell

Inside the rehearsal room: THE PILLOWMAN

by Eleni Cashell | Thursday, June 1 2023, 11:44

The PillowmanNew rehearsals photographs of the upcoming revival of THE PILLOWMAN have been released.

Running at the Duke of York Theatre from 12 June, its star-studded cast includes Lily Allen, Steve Pemberton and Paul Kaye.

Inside the rehearsal room: THE PILLOWMAN