Lily Allen cuts a glamorous figure in a strapless red dress as she departs the Duke of York theatre after another performance of The Pillowman
Lily Allen put on a glamorous display as she left the Duke of York theatre in London on Monday night.
The singer, 39, looked incredible in a strapless red dress as she stepped out after her latest performance in The Pillowman.
She’s been giving fans a bonus performance every night when exiting her stage door in show-stopping outfits and the glamorous number was no exception.
Lily wowed in the crochet number which she wore with matching heels and a silver clutch bag.
The star has taken on the role of Katurian, a writer of disturbingly violent stories who is imprisoned by a totalitarian state.
Stunning: Lily Allen put on a glamorous display as she left the Duke of York theatre in London on Monday night
Wow! The singer, 39, looked incredible in a strapless red dress as she stepped out after her latest performance in The Pillowman
The Pillowman is Lily’s latest acting role after she appeared as Jenny in 2:22 A Ghost Story last year.
The star beamed as she took pictures with fans after another performance of The Pillowman for which she has won rave reviews.
The songstress recently appeared on This Morning alongside her co-star Steve Pemberton to discuss the production.
She said: ‘There’s a bit of violence in it. She’s an artist and writer and that’s something I relate to. She definitely pushes boundaries. There was a lot for me to tap into.’
Lily, who is used to performing as a singer, told how she likes the settled nature of starring in a theatrical production.
She said: ‘I really like the routine of it all. I love being in one place. It’s nice not to get on a bus and move to the next destination.’
The role is a serious undertaking for Lily as she doesn’t leave the stage throughout the play’s duration.
She said: ‘There are so many lines. I started learning them in February. She reads out her stories. Five or six of her stories, I have to know off by heart.’
Work it: She’s been giving fans a bonus performance every night when exiting her stage door in show-stopping outfits and the glamorous number was no exception
Lady in red: Lily was sure to turn plenty of heads as she left the theatre in the sexy, scarlet number
Red hot: The singer-turned-actress was sure to make an impression as she stepped out in the bold, red gown
Walk this way: The star oozed confidence as she strutted out of the theatre following her latest show
Confident: Lily wowed in the crochet number which she wore with matching heels and a silver clutch bag
Glam: Lily wore her cropped blonde locks in a slick side parting, upping the glam with a bold red lip and statement silver earrings
Nice to see you: Lily was met by a plethora of fans outside the venue
Strike a pose: She was happy to pose for a number of photos with fans, after they’d waited outside to greet her
Plot: Lily has taken on the role of Katurian, a writer of disturbingly violent stories who is imprisoned by a totalitarian state
Kind: The star beamed as she took pictures with fans after another performance of The Pillowman for which she has won rave reviews
Busy: The Pillowman is Lily’s latest acting role after she appeared as Jenny in 2:22 A Ghost Story last year
Steve also sang Lily’s praises, saying: ‘She’s absolutely smashing it. She carries the whole play because she never leaves the stage.’
Although she is enjoying her work, Lily said she has no desire for the play to receive an extended run as her children Ethel and Marnie are returning to school in September.
The play first premiered in 2003 and was written by Martin McDonagh who has since become known for films including The Banshees Of Inisherin and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The Pillowman will run for a limited time only, finishing in early September.
The Pillowman: What do the critics think?
‘[The] production lacks psychological conviction and a certain atmospheric pungency, while Allen is all at sea amid the play’s daring shifts in tone.
‘I went expecting to be shaken and sickened. Instead I found myself often mildly bored.’
The Times, Clive Davis
‘Is Allen up to the task? It’s true that she didn’t disgrace herself in that immensely popular supernatural thriller, 2:22: A Ghost Story.
‘But here, her limitations are more exposed. There’s precious little variation in her voice and gestures; sometimes she seems almost a spectator at her own ordeal.
‘It’s Steve Pemberton and Paul Kaye — as the sadistic Tupolski and Ariel respectively – who command your attention.’
The Stage, Sam Marlow
‘There’s a pallid blankness about Allen that may be intentional, but makes her difficult to engage with.
‘McDonagh glances at, rather than interrogates, the myth of the tortured artist, as well as the notion of creative immortality, yet in mischievously refusing to commit to a point of view, he repeatedly undercuts his own arguments, with the result that the play feels flimsy and nebulous.’
The Evening Standard, Nick Curtis
‘Allen, who made an impressive stage-acting debut in Dunster’s ongoing 2:22 A Ghost Story, is compulsively watchable: drawn, intense, angular.
‘But this show requires a juggling of emotional states she can’t quite muster.’
Theatre Mania, Alex Wood
‘As she did in her West End debut 2:22 A Ghost Story (also directed by Dunster), Allen fares well on stage – sincere, eloquent and never overly maniacal in a role that could easily slip into histrionics in the wrong hands.
‘She most certainly has better material to work with here than in her freshman stage outing, to the extent that you can trace a quite definite character arc as Katurian moves from bewilderment to assured catharsis.’