New revival of The Pillowman to run at the Duke of York's Theatre

A new revival production of Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman is set to run at the Duke of York's Theatre in London this summer, it has been announced. The show's return comes more than 15 years after its initial Olivier Award-winning run at the National Theatre that starred David Tennant (Good, Doctor Who)and its two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway transfer that starred Jeff Goldblum (The Prince of Egypt). The 12-week production will star Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Steve Pemberton.

New revival of The Pillowman to run at the Duke of York's Theatre
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Steve Pemberton to star in The Pillowman at the Duke of York's Theatre in London starting this July.

The Pillowman revival to open at London's Duke of York's Theatre 24 July 2020!

The new production of The Pillowman written by Martin McDonagh will open on 24 July 2020 at the West End's Duke of York's Theatre where it is booking until 17 October 2020. Press night will be held on 5 August 2020.

The play will come after the hotly-anticipated transfer of The Doctor, which transfers to the West End venue from the Almeida Theatre and will run from 18 April to 18 July 2020.


The Pillowman cast and creative team

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass, Avengers: Age of UltronNowhere Boy, Nocturnal Animals, Godzilla) will take on the role Katurian whilst Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9, The League of Gentlemen) will take on the role of Tupolski in the first major revival of Martin McDonagh's prized work. The play will be directed by Matthew Dunster (True West, Hangmen) and promises to be a savagely funny yet electrifying production you won't want to miss!

Other creatives for The Pillowman include casting director Amy Ballfur, sound designer Ian Dickinson, and costume and set designer Anna Fleischle.

Further cast members and creatives will be announced in due course.

The Pillowman plot in a nutshell

The play tells the tale of fiction writer Katurian who is interrogated by police after a series of child murders resembles the author's own short stories. When his brother Michal confesses to the crimes and throws Katurian under the bus, Katurian does everything in his power to protect his works of art before his impending execution. But just how disturbing is Katurian's own imagination? Told from both a narrative and reenactment point of view, The Pillowman is a unique psychological thriller and dark comedy that will have you on the edge of your seat!

About Martin McDonagh and his work

Martin McDonagh's prior works include the Academy Award-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Aran Islands trilogy that includes The Cripple of Inishmaan, a piece that earned Daniel Radcliffe the award for Best Actor in a Play at the WhatsOnStage Awards.

Writer McDonagh commented on the new production "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."

Get the best seats for The Pillowman at the Duke of York's Theatre!

You don't want to miss the highly anticipated return of Martin McDonagh's award-winning play, The Pillowman. Tickets for the revival production are expected to be in high demand, so be sure to try our interactive seating plan to secure the best seats at the Duke of York's Theatre at the best prices whilst availability lasts!


Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels

Ephram is a jack of all trades and enjoys attending theatre, classical music concerts and the opera.


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