The Pillowman, written by the multi Olivier, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Martin McDonagh, has been delayed until 2021. The macabre play, set in a totalitarian state, was due to make its West End premiere this summer, 17 years after it was first presented at the National Theatre.
The brand-new production of The Pillowman was due to run at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre for 12 weeks from 24 July to 21 October 2020. 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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Martin 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 (Kick-Ass movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Golden Globe Award winner, Nocturnal Animals) and Steve Pemberton (Bafta Award winner, The League of Gentlemen).
Aaron 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.”
Producer James Bierman 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.”
The Pillowman is designed by Anna Fleischle, with sound by Ian Dickinson and casting by Amy Ball. It’s presented by Empire Street Productions.
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