The Pillowman postponed to 2021

The Pillowman starring Steve Pemberton postponed to next year

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

This summer's upcoming revival of Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman at the Duke of York's Theatre has now been postponed. The production will now open in the West End next year, starring Steve Pemberton and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

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The Pillowman was originally scheduled to run at the Duke of York's Theatre from 24th July for 12 weeks. Steve Pemberton and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were to play Tupolski and Katurian respectively, with direction by Matthew Dunster, previously directing Hangmen also by McDonagh.

About the show's delay, 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."

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

Speaking about The Pillowman's postponement to 2021, 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."

First performed in the Cottlesoe Theatre (now the Dorfman Theatre) at the National Theatre in 2003, The Pillowman follows the investigation into a writer put under surveillance, after his fictional stories suspiciously match up with a series of murders. McDonagh's drama won best new play at the 2004 Olivier Awards, later transferring to Broadway in 2005.

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