Martin McDonagh’s play will head to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre from the 10th June.
It has been announced that Paul Kaye and Matthew Tennyson will join the previously announced Lily Allen as Katurian and Steve Pemberton as Tupolski in Matthew Dunster’s production which will begin performances on the 10th June 2023.
Paul Kaye’s previous stage work includes originating the role of the Mr Wormwood in Matilda The Musical for the RSC, for which he was Olivier nominated, and The Suicide and Our Country’s Good for the National Theatre.
Matthew Tennyson most recently appeared as Wilfred Owen in Terence Davies’ film Benediction and made his screen debut in Pride directed by Matthew Warchus.
Further casting has yet to be announced.
In a totalitarian state a Writer is questioned by the authorities about a spate of murders that bear similarities to her 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.
The creative team for the production includes: Set and Costume Designer Anna Fleischle, the Lighting Designer is Neil Austin, Sound Designer, Ian Dickinson for Autograph and Casting is by Amy Ball.
Martin McDonagh won the Best Screenplay Award at the Venice Film Festival for his new, critically-acclaimed movie The Banshees of Inisherin, is also the multi Olivier, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning playwright and screen-writer responsible for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and Six Shooter. His work for the stage includes: the Olivier Award-winning Hangmen ran in the West End and on Broadway. His other plays include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara, The Lonesome West, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan, A Behanding in Spokane and A Very Very Very Dark Matter.
The Pillowman is produced by Empire Street Productions, the same company that brought the hugely successful Prima Facie starring Jodie Comer to the West End which went on to break audience records when it was subsequently released in cinemas by NT Live.
The Pillowman will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from the 10th June until the 2nd September.