ARTSBEAT THEATRE: Originally produced by Newcastle’s acclaimed Live Theatre, and following sell-out seasons at the National Theatre, on Broadway and in the West End, Bill Kenwright’s award winning play The Pitmen Painters will be in Derbyshire next month.
The play will be coming to Chesterfield Theatres from April 9 to Saturday April 13 and then at Derby Theatre from May 28 to June 1.
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 who do extraordinary things, The Pitmen Painters is a humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics.
Lee Hall wrote the screenplay for Billy Elliot and adapted it for the West End in 2005, winning an Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
His plays also include Spoonface Steinberg (Ambassadors), Cooking with Elvis (Live Theatre, Assembly Rooms and West End), and an adaptation of Herman Heijerman’s The Good Hope for the NT.
Joe Caffrey will star as ‘Harry Wilson’, Philip Correia as ‘Oliver Kilbourn’, Suzy Cooper as ‘Helen Sutherland’, CatherineDryden as ‘Susan Parks’, Louis Hilyer as ‘Robert Lyon’, Riley Jones as ‘Ben Nicholson / Young Lad’, Nicholas Lumley as ‘George Brown’, and Donald McBride as ‘Jimmy Floyd’.
Tickets for The Pitmen Painters are priced from £12-£25 and are available to purchase by calling the Chesterfield Theatres box office on 01246 345 222 or online http://www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk for details about Derby Theatre go to htttp://www.derbytheatre.co.uk