Martin McDonagh
In English

[EN] This rehearsed reading of Martin McDonagh’s viciously funny and seriously disturbing play adds another perspective to the Théâtres de la Ville’s season on violence and will take its audience to hidden depths of the Grand Théâtre.

A prison in a totalitarian state. Writer Karturian and his mentally challenged brother Michal are being interrogated about a series of recent child murders that bear a striking resemblance to the writer’s brutal tales. He intends his tales to teach life lessons but unfortunately, the stories begin to take on a gruesome life of their own.

Martin McDonagh’s blackest of comedies explores the power of storytelling and the artistic responsibility that comes with it. It explores themes of legacy and life, redemption, self-justice and blurs the lines between truth and lie, fiction and reality, right and wrong. All the cruelty aside, The Pillowman is also a piece of writing about writing – about the degree of struggle, and the depth of loss that a writer may have to go through before he can create something truthful. It also serves as a bleak reminder of the censorship and intimidation artists in many parts of the world face to this day. The play received the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and two Tony Awards for the 2005 Broadway production.

“I suppose I walk that line between comedy and cruelty because I think one illuminates the other. We’re all cruel, aren’t we? We are all extreme in one way or another at times and that’s what drama, since the Greeks, has dealt with. I hope the overall view isn’t just that though, or I’ve failed in my writing. There have to be moments when you glimpse something decent, something life-affirming even in the most twisted character. That’s where the real art lies.” Martin McDonagh


With Whitney Fortmueller (Tupolski), Jules Werner (Katurian), Sam La France (Michal), Philippe Thelen (Ariel)

Directed by Anne Simon
Assistant stage director Elena Spautz

Production Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings or streams of this production is strictly prohibited, a violation of United Kingdom Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and an actionable offense.



Lundi 16 MARS 2020 à 20h00
Mardi 17 MARS 2020 à 20h00

DURÉE environ 1h30 (pas d'entracte)

Adultes 15 € / Jeunes 8 € / Kulturpass bienvenu

Lieu: Grand Théâtre

Capacity is very limited so make sure to book early

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