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The Pitmen Painters

Bill Kenwright presents the National Theatre production of

The Pitmen Painters

By Lee Hall

Mon 12 - Sat 17 Sept 2011

  • Presented at Belgrade Main stage
  • Tickets: £14 – £27.50 (Concessions: £9 – £25.50)

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Originally produced by Newcastle’s acclaimed Live Theatre, and following sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and on Broadway, Bill Kenwright presents the award-winning play The Pitmen Painters.

Written by Lee Hall, creator of the worldwide sensation Billy Elliot, The Pitmen Painters has received huge critical acclaim and won the Evening Standard award for Best New Play.

In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections, but every day they worked as before, down the mine.

Examining the lives of a group of ordinary men that do extraordinary things, The Pitmen Painters is a humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics and a show not to be missed.

Mon 12 Sep 7:45pm £20, £16.50 & £14
Tue 13 Sep 7:45pm £24.25, £19.75 & £16.50
Wed 14 Sep 2:30pm £20, £16.50 & £14
Wed 14 Sep 7:45pm £24.25, £19.75 & £16.50
Thu 15 Sep 7:45pm £24.25, £19.75 & £16.50
Fri 16 Sep 7:45pm Captioned Performance £27.50, £24.25 & £24.25
Sat 17 Sep 2:30pm Audio Described £24.25, £19.75 & £16.50
Sat 17 Sep 7:45pm £27.50, £24.25 & £24.25

“A glorious, instant classic of early 21-century theatre…it is at once amusing, tragic and revelatory.” *****

Evening Standard

“Breathtaking in its scope, Lee Hall’s remarkable play provides a fascinating debate about art and socialism.” ****

The Guardian

“…ablaze with intellectual vigour, political passion and incendiary emotional energy. A beautiful work of art that everybody should see.”

The Times

“‘A wonderful piece of theatre: comic, sad and stirring in the same breath.”

Financial Times

The Cast includes:

Joy Brook as Helen Sutherland
Trevor Fox as Oliver Kilbourn
Michael Hodgson as Harry Wilson
Viktoria Kay as Susan Parks
David Leonard as Robert Lyon
Brian Lonsdale as Ben Nicholson/Young Lad
Deka Walmsley as George Brown
David Whitaker as Jimmy Floyd

The action takes place in Ashington, Northumberland,
Newcastle upon Tyne, London and Edinburgh
between 1934 and 1947

The performance will include one interval

Director – Max Roberts
Designer – Gary McCann
Lighting – Designer Douglas Kuhrt
Sound Designer – Martin Hodgson

An interview with Max Roberts, Director of The Pitmen Painters

Posted by anon on 10th August 2011

Here's an extract of an interview with Max Roberts, the director of The Pitmen Painters. Read on to find out more about the play, the characters and the chal... Read more

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