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The Pitmen Painters
On from 02 Sep 2009 till 07 Feb 2010
National Theatre
by by Lee Hall, inspired by a book by William Feaver
Genre(s): New Writing, Comedy

Tickets: £10 - £42.50

About: The Pitmen Painters

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.

Lee Hall’s new play is a humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics.

Following sell-out seasons at Live Theatre Newcastle and the National Theatre, the award-winning play returns for a limited run of 24 performances before a UK tour.

Reviews

5 STARS
Evening Standard, Daily Express, Sunday Express

‘The Pitmen Painters, in Max Roberts’ perfectly pitched and acted production, manages to be tragic, funny and illuminating in one fell swoop of energy.’
Evening Standard

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

‘Lee Hall’s new play and Max Roberts’ sublime production are 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

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