The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh, (15)

Tue 5th March to Sat 9th March 2024

‘The first duty of a storyteller is to tell a story.’ Or was it, ‘The only duty of a storyteller is to tell a story.’ This is a black comedy full of stories, expertly told with the off-beat humour of Martin McDonagh.

This beautifully written black comedy, widely regarded as one of the greatest plays of the last 25 years, examines the role of the artist in society and asks what price we pay for freedom of expression.

The stories and themes within The Pillowman will certainly raise some eyebrows but boundaries will always be challenged in order to achieve progress, notoriety or the truth. Does the state know best? Is the state right to be determining the issue?

We are all the result of our experiences and have all had different experiences of the world we inhabit, but does that qualify us to dismiss others creativity and methods?

The intrigue and plot twists will keep you guessing throughout. Will you agree with the outcomes or not?

Warning : Contains explicit language, scenes of a violent nature and scenes which some may find upsetting, disturbing or thought provoking. Oh and there will be some loud bangs. 

The cast has been announced as follows: –

Katurian – Nikki Favell
Tupolski – Joff Brown
Ariel – Dave Booker
Michal – Ben Lewis
Mother – Laura Westerman
Father – Charlie Sinclair
Child – Molly Anderson

Directed by Neil Lovegrove. Tickets on sale from 6th February from the theatre box office Mondays to Saturdays 9.30am-11.30, or from this site. Online sales incur a small booking fee.

Not suitable for people under 15 years of age.

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French inc.

Here are some of the stories from the play beautifully illustrated by Tristan Knowles…

The Tale of the Town on the River

The Three Gibbet Crossroads

The Little Green Pig

The Writer and The Writer’s Brother

The Little Jesus

The Pillowman