Paul Kaye & Matthew Tennyson confirmed for West End premiere of ‘The Pillowman’

The cast will also Steve Pemberton and Lily Allen, who will play the leads in this comedic thriller following the investigation of several mysterious murders. Directed by Matthew Dunster, the show is produced by the same company that brought Prima Fascie, and will run a similar scheme of Pay What You Can for a selected amount of tickets.

Don’t be afraid of children’s stories, they can’t hurt you… The gloom and fun of Martin McDonagh’s awarded dark comedy keeps taking shape as the play heads up to its West End debut this summer. After initially announcing the show’s leads, today producers have released who will be joining Lily Allen (2:22, Sky TV’s Dreamland) and BAFTA-winning actor Steve Pemberton (Killing Eve, Good Omens, Worzel Gummidge, Doctor Who, Benidorm, Blackpool) in this thrilling plot about a writer whose short-stories are being mimicked as real murders.

Paul Kaye will play the role of Ariel – his previous credits including originating the role of the Mr Wormwood in Matilda The Musical for the RSC (Olivier nomination) as well as The Suicide and Our Country’s Good for the National Theatre. With an extensive career both on film and TV, further credits in both fields also feature Game of ThronesAfterlifeThe StrangerThe Third DayI Am Kirsty, Three Girls, Woody Allen’s Match Point, Catherine Called Birdy and  Nandor Fodor and The Talking Mongoose, among many others.

On the other hand, Matthew Tennyson will portray Michal. As for his previous work, credits include the role of Wilfred Owen in Terence Davies’ film Benediction apart from Matthew Warchus’s Pride, which was his screen debut. His theatre background features Sally Cookson’s A Monster Calls at The Old Vic, Cleansed for the National Theatre and Making Noise Quietly at the Donmar Warehouse, while TV credits encompass A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Humans.

Directed by Matthew Dunster (previous directional and writing credits include RSC, NT, Royal Court, Young Vic, Royal Exchange, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Bridge), the production is run Empire Street Productions, the same company that brought the hugely successful Prima Facie (starring Jodie Comer) to the West End last year. Following the same philosophy,  there will be a Pay What You Can schemewith 20 tickets per performance for the week, released the Wednesday beforehand.

The Pillowman will play at London’s Duke of York from 10 June to 2 September. Tickets are available on the following link.

By Guillermo Nazara

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