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New photos of Lily Allen & Steve Pemberton by Rankin released.

Rehearsals have started for the West End premiere of Martin McDonagh’s electrifying and savagely funny Olivier Award-winning The Pillowman and to mark the start of rehearsals, a set of specially commissioned photographs of Lily Allen and Steve Pemberton by acclaimed British photographer Rankin have been released.

Lily Allen plays Katurian, a writer in a police state who is interrogated about the content of her short stories and their similarities to several murders occurring in the town.  Steve Pemberton plays Tupolski with Paul Kaye as Ariel and Matthew Tennyson as Michal.  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 cast is completed by Rebecca Lee (Mother and understudy Katurian), Daniel Millar (Father and understudy Ariel and Tupolski) Carlotta Di Gregori (understudy Mother) and David Angland (Blind Man and understudy Michal and Father). The role of Child 1 is shared by Ruby Siddle, Madelynne Mills and Sophia Cullingford, and the role of Child 2 is shared by Lexi Anna Scott, Darcy Crosby and Lillie Stocker.

The Pillowman is directed by Matthew Dunster, Production Designer is Anna Fleischle, Lighting Designer Neil Austin, Sound Designer Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Video Designer Dick Straker, Casting Director Amy Ball CDG, Fight Director RC Annie, Movement Director Chi-San Howard, Associate Director Isabel Marr, Associate Designer Liam Bunster.

The production will run at the Duke of York Theatre in London from 10 June to 2 September 2023

Further Information: The Pillowman