The Pitmen Painters at the Duchess Theatre
Returning to London after two runs at the National Theatre on the Southbank, The Pitmen Painters came to the Duchess theatre. This award winning play is based on the book by William Feaver: The Pitmen Painters tells the true story of a group of pit workers who hire a professor to teach an art appreciation class.
The Pitmen Painters is an entertaining examination of the lives of a group of ordinary men who do extraordinary things as they rapidly abandon theory for practice.
Instead of remaining a bit of a laugh for a group of lads down the pit the group starts to turn into something greater and The Pitmen Painters start to take things to a previously un-imaginable level and the The Pitmen Painters turn into a group of prolific and talented painters.
Within a few years avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collectors, but every day the Ashington miners continued to work, as before, down the mine.
The Pitmen Painters is written by Lee Hall who also wrote the BAFTA-winning film Billy Elliot AND the subsequently multi-award-winning stage musical adaptation Billy Elliot The Musical.
The Pitmen Painters Theatre Breaks
It is previews for The Pitmen Painters as at time of writing but it opens on 15 October 2011 and runs through to 21 January 2012. Bookings for The Pitmen Painters Theatre Breaks is open now.
The Duchess Theatre is down by Aldwych with nearby hotels including the 3* Strand Palace Hotel, the 4* Kingsway Hall and the 5* Savoy. But Covent Garden Tube station is just 5 minutes walk away so you can easily get to the theatre from your hotel where-ever it is in central London.
The Pitmen Painters Fact File
Theatre: Duchess Theatre
Address: Catherine Street, London
Monday to Saturday 19:30, Thursday and Saturday 14:30