The Pillowman

Nominated for the WhatsOnStage Awards 2024 for Best Play Revival

THE PILLOWMAN will play at the Duke of York’s Theatre this year starring Lily Allen, Steve Pemberton, Paul Kaye, and Matthew Tennyson.

Martin McDonagh’s Olivier Award-winning play THE PILLOWMAN makes its eagerly anticipated West End Premiere following its London debut at the National Theatre.

THE PILLOWMAN is a black comedy known as one of the greatest plays of the last 25 years. It explores the artist and asks, what is the real price to pay for freedom of expression?

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What is The Pillowman about?

THE PILLOWMAN is set in an oppressive totalitarian state where an author, Katuriain, is being questioned about a series of child murders in the area. The manner of the crimes bears a remarkable similarity to the author’s short stories. Is this life imitating art, or something more sinister?

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Cast & Creatives

Lily Allen will star at Katurian and is best known for her music career and also starring in 2:22 – A Ghost Story at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Steve Pemberton is playing Tupolski and is best known for The League of Gentlemen which he created and starred in alongside Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson. He also co-wrote and starred in Phychoville and Inside No. 9.

Martin McDonagh is a playwright, screenwriter, producer and director. He is well know for plays such as Hangmen, A Very Very Very Dark Matter and The Cripple of Inishmaan and films such as In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Paul Kaye (Ariel), Matthew Tennyson (Michael)

Matthew Dunster (Director), Amy Ballfur (Casting), Anna Fleischle (Costume Design), Ian Dickinson (Sound Design)

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Venue Information

Duke of York’s Theatre

St Martin's Ln, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4BG

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Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross and Embankment


24, 29 and 176

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London St Martins Lane Hotel


Ben Brantley, New York Times

'The Pillowman is a spellbinding stunner of a play.'

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