Moving & Heartbreaking – The story behind The Pillowman

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The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

A Lyric Theatre & Prime Cut Co-Production

Lyric Main Stage

16 May – 15 Jun 2024


– The Arts Dispatch


– The Irish Times


– The Stage

“An amazing masterclass…a performance that won’t be forgotten easily.”

“An extraordinary performance – We were stirred, engaged, baffled, provoked.”

“Absolutely brilliant, would recommend.”

“Loved it. Dark, funny and a bit twisted. Exactly what’s expected from McDonagh.”

– Audience Feedback

Dark, funny, moving and much much more, The Pillowman has to be seen to be believed. An extraordinary piece of theatre on the Lyric Main Stage; this one will stay with you long after you have left your seat.

Hailed as one of the greatest plays of the past 25 years, The Pillowman is an extraordinary stage play by the award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh. Don’t miss out – book your tickets today.

I made a promise to myself that I would someday design it. This day has finally arrived and I couldn’t have asked for a better team around me.

Meet Ciarán Bagnall, one of the visionaries behind this year’s production of The Pillowman.

A long-time collaborator at the Lyric, Ciarán has consistently transformed our stage with his exceptional set and lighting designs. His distinctive creative touch has been a hallmark of many productions here. Last year, he was the set and lighting designer for our co-production with Prime Cut, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, which won Best Play Revival at the UK Theatre Awards.

Read all about his experience building the world of Martin McDonagh by designing this spectacular stage in an exclusive interview on our website, below. The stage is set by Bagnall with a chilling atmosphere, marked by an ominous proclamation for these twisted stories come to life.

With the play being set within two spaces, the interrogation cells and the story realm, I wanted to create a design in where the two spaces existed on their own but offered threads of connection throughout.

Taking the terrifying and making it fashion, meet Rosie McClelland, the visionary Costume Designer for The Pillowman.

Rosie’s avant-garde creations are one more reason you can’t miss this modern masterpiece on our Main Stage. Making her debut as a Costume Designer for the Lyric Main Stage, Rosie has truly outdone herself, crafting designs that seamlessly blend reality with nightmares.

Curious about the world of costume design? Watch Rosie’s day-in-the-life vlog to see how she brought these stunning designs to life.

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