It’s been two decades in the making, but Martin McDonagh’s Olivier award-winning play The Pillowman is coming to the West End.

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You’ll recognise playwright and director McDonagh from his blockbusters like In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, and the brand-new The Banshees of Inisherin.

Now, McDonagh’s play The Pillowman is coming to The Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End for a limited run. It’ll be directed by Matthew Dunster, of Hangmen and A Very Very Very Dark Matter, and has an all-star cast, including Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton.

Lily Allen made her stage debut in 2:22 - A Ghost Story, and now she’s back in the West End in 2023. Speaking about both Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton, McDonagh said: “I am a huge admirer of both Steve Pemberton and Lily Allen ⁠– their intelligence, their wit, their fun ⁠– and having Lily play Katurian, the first time this role has been played by a woman in an English-speaking version, is just so, so exciting to me.”

Commenting on the play itself, McDonagh also said: “I'm thrilled that The Pillowman is finally making its West End premiere. It's a play that's always been very close to my heart, in terms of its combination of dark comedy with its exploration of the nature of story-telling itself and the role of the artist in society.”

And, boy, has the West End premiere been a long time coming! The original version, starring David Tennant, received critical acclaim at the Royal National Theatre, then went on to perform a season on Broadway with an American cast.

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To see The Pillowman live in London next summer, here’s how you can secure tickets.

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The Pillowman: Where and when is the London play showing?

The Pillowman is showing at the Duke of York’s Theatre. This iconic theatre opened in 1892 and was originally named the Trafalgar Square Theatre, before being renamed to its current name three years later to honour the future King George V. The theatre is in the West End, and the closest station is Leicester Square for those of you planning on taking public transport.

The Pillowman will be showing from Saturday 10th June 2023 to Saturday 2nd September 2023.

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How to get tickets for The Pillowman

General on-sale for The Pillowman went live on Friday 11th November at midday.

Due to its limited-time run, all-star cast and recent price drop, we imagine tickets for The Pillowman will be very popular, so be sure to head to ATG Tickets as soon as you can.

Buy The Pillowman tickets from £39.50 £20 at ATG Tickets

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