The Duchess Theatre welcomes back Lee Hall’s “The Pitmen Painters” to London with a run in the West End during October. The production returns following its successful run at The National Theatre in 2009 and as this version is arriving in the West End it means that there are two productions from Hall running in the capital – with “Billy Elliot the Musical” continuing at Victoria Palace Theatre – and this demonstrates the widespread appeal of one of Britain’s best known writers.
And it is also a real life story adapted from the book by William Feaver, which gives an edge to an already-compelling story.
Said story takes London theatre audiences back to the 1930s, where we meet a group of Ashington miners as they decide to broaden their horizons by hiring an art teacher, Robert Lyons, to teach them art appreciation in the evenings. Pretty soon the group is working on their own pieces of art and, surprisingly, they manage to find an audience within the art community. As the years go by their work is held up high alongside renowned pieces as part of prestigious collections and their friends are amongst the best known names in the field. But their origins beckon on them to return and ultimately they must decide on the lives that they want to lead.
Writer Lee Hall is best known for his work with “Billy Elliot” and in addition to the 2000 movie he also wrote the musical that continues to sell Theatre Tickets in the West End. However, he has also been behind “Spoonface Steinberg”, which was broadcast on the radio and granted a one-woman show in the West End, alongside “Cooking with Elvis” and “I Luv you Jimmy Spud”. His screen work includes “Pride & Prejudice” (co-writer), “Hippie Hippie Shake” and “Toast”.
“The Pitmen Painters” is a renowned play and in addition to its run at the National Theatre it previously ran at the Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne and on Broadway in 2010. It is set to go on another UK tour in 2011 before its arrival at the Duchess Theatre in the Autumn.
“The Pitmen Painters” is at the Duchess Theatre from Tuesday 11th October 2011 (previews from Wednesday 5th October 2011).
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 5th October 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 14th April 2012|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 30 min|
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