The Pillowman

Notable productions

First version

It received its first public reading in an early version at the Finborough Theatre, London, in 1995 in a season that included Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill.

Premiere

The play had its world premiere on November 13, 2003 at the Royal National Theatre, directed by John Crowley. The original production starred

  • David Tennant - Katurian
  • Jim Broadbent - Tupolski
  • Nigel Lindsay - Ariel
  • Adam Godley - Michal
New York

The play opened on Broadway on April 10, 2005 at the Booth Theatre It concluded on September 18, 2005. This cast starred:

  • Billy Crudup - Katurian
  • Jeff Goldblum - Tupolski
  • Željko Ivanek - Ariel
  • Michael Stuhlbarg – Michal
Paris

The play opened on March 23, 2012 at the Théâtre Aleph, directed by Raphaël Joly This cast starred:

  • Simon Copin - Katurian
  • Thomas Öhlund - Tupolski
  • Pauline Cescau - Ariel
  • Antoine Pluche - Michal
  • Solène Jimenez - A boy / A girl
  • Paul Lenormand - The Father
  • Ségolène Cavalière - The Mother
Iran

the play opened on May 24, 2013 – July 18, 2013 at the Iranshahr Theater Directed by Aida Keykhaie/Mohammad Yaghoubi

  • Ahmad Mehranfar - Katurian.k.Katurian
  • Payam Dehkordi - Tupolski
  • Ali Sarabi - Michal
  • Navid Mohammadzadeh - Ariel
Seoul

The play opened on May 1, 2007 at the LG art center, directed by Park, Geunhyong This cast starred:

  • Choi, Minsik - Katurian
  • Choi, Jongwoo - Tupolski
  • Yi, Deyon - Ariel
  • Yun, Zemun – Michal
Hong Kong "小心!枕頭人"

The play first opened on March 26, 2008 at the Hong Kong Fringe Theatre, followed by a revival on June 24, 2008 at the McAulay Studio, Wan Chai Arts Centre, directed by Eric Ng. This cast starred:

  • Paul Sheehan - Katurian
  • Michael Pizzuto - Michael
  • Reuben M Tuck - Tupolski
  • Damien Barnes - Ariel
Argentina

Season 2008: "Lola Membrives" Theatre, Capital Federal, Buenos Aires. July 2008 to October 2008 Season 2009: "Multiteatro" Theatre, Capital federal, Buenos Aires. February 2009

  • Pablo Echarri - Katurian
  • Carlos Belloso - Michal
  • Carlos Santamaria - Tupolski
  • Vando Villamil - Ariel
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

The season ran from 18 March - 4 April 2009 at the Sue Benner Theatre, Metro Arts. Directed by Michelle Miall (received Matilda Award Commendation (2009) for BEST DIRECTOR, BEST EMERGING ARTIST, and the Matilda Award for Direction), the cast included:

  • Steven Rooke - Katurian - received Matilda Award Commendation for best actor
  • Norman Doyle - Tupolski
  • Robert Thwaites - Ariel
  • Chris Vernon – Michal - received Matilda Award Commendation for best actor in a supporting role
Ankara, Türkiye

The play opened on the 2011 season directed by İlham Yazar and will keep playing on 2013 season at the Turkish State Theatre, Ankara.

  • Murat Çidamlı - Katurian
  • Mesut Turan - Tupolski
  • Tolga Tekin - Ariel
  • Emre Erçil / Buğra Koçtepe - Michal

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