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Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman delayed

THE WEST End premiere of The Pillowman, written by the multi Olivier, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning playwright and screen-writer Martin McDonagh, has been postponed.

The Pillowman was due to begin performances at the Duke of York’s Theatre on Friday, July 24, 2020, for a 12-week season. However, due to the current global situation, the production is now postponed and new season details and all further information will be announced at a later date.

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McDonagh and director Matthew Dunster said: “Whilst we are naturally disappointed that The Pillowman can’t go ahead this Summer, we are fully committed to realising this new production in the near future. We have an extraordinary cast and creative team and can’t wait to bring this new vision of the play to audiences.”

The Pillowman will star Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Golden Globe Award winner, Nocturnal Animals) as Katurian and Steve Pemberton (Bafta Award winner, The League of Gentlemen) as Tupolski, with further casting to be announced.

Taylor-Johnson said: “I’m excited to hold the promise of a return to theatre, a place of magic, creativity and Unity.”

Pemberton said: “It’s been a dark time for the performing arts and I can’t wait to have the theatres open again. Unfortunately The Pillowman has to be put to bed for now, but I very much hope that we’ll be able to bring Martin’s dazzling play to the West End before too long.”

James Bierman, the producer of The Pillowman, said: “Postponing The Pillowman until 2021 due to Covid -19 related issues is, sadly, the right thing to do. Since we announced the show, we have been blown away by the public response and all of us are really looking forward to being able to finally deliver the great play to audiences next year.”

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 do we pay for freedom of expression.

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