The Pillowman to make West End debut in July 2020

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Following its London debut at the National Theatre in 2004, Martin McDonagh’s Oliver Award-winning black comedy The Pillowman is set to make its West End bow later this year.

The play will run for a strictly limited time at the intimate Duke Of York’s Theatre from 24 July 2020.

Its synopsis reads: In a totalitarian state a Writer is questioned by the authorities about a spate of murders that bear similarities to his short stories. Is this life imitating art or something more sinister? This black comedy widely regarded as one of the greatest plays of the past 25 years, examines the role of the artist in society and asks what price we pay for freedom of expression.

The Pillowman‘s original showing at the National was met with rave reviews, with New York Times critic Ben Brantley describing it as “a spellbinding stunner of a play”.

The West End revival of The Pillowman will feature an all-star cast led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals, Nowhere Boy) and Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Inside No. 9).

The Pillowman was written by acclaimed playwright Martin McDonagh, whose other stage credits include The Lonesome West, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Very Very Very Dark Matter, and Hangmen. 

A celebrated writer of the screen, his film credits include Six Shooter, In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri both earned McDonagh Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay.

The forthcoming production of The Pillowman will be directed by Matthew Dunster, who has also directed McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter and Hangmen. 

Tickets to see The Pillowman at London’s Duke Of York’s Theatre will be available from 10:00 on Monday 2 March 2020 through