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The Pitmen Painters

Friday 15 September–Saturday 7 October 2017

New Vic production

By Lee Hall
Directed by Gwenda Hughes

When a group of coal miners begin evening classes with a Master of Painting from Kings College Newcastle, they want to learn about art: what’s good, what’s bad and what it all means.

Working down the pit by day and discussing the old masters by night, the men discover that there’s more to the art world than they had first thought. And when they start painting for themselves, the art world discovers there’s more to this group of coal miners than they expected too…

What started out as an unassuming evening class in Art Appreciation in the 1930s becomes one of the great stories of the century, as The Ashington Group’s paintings take the British art world by storm. Based on this true story, The Pitmen Painters is an inspiring, funny, feelgood play about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and the magic that can be found in everyday life.

 

Approx running times:
7.30pm – 10.20pm
Interval: 8.50pm – 9.10pm

Friday 15 September–Saturday 7 October 2017

Trailer

Photo Gallery

Image by Joel Chester Fildes

Reviews

“There is much to recommend in this superb play…”

Andrew Lees, The Sentinel

“It’s hard to imagine anyone in the audience was left untouched.…”

John Hargreaves, Express & Star

“An entertaining, yet thought provoking evening…”

Ian Corbishley, Hitmix Radio

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