Encore: Amazing story on stage of miners who wowed the art world

The Pitmen Painters
The Pitmen Painters
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AWARD-winning play The Pitmen Painters is heading for Chesterfield following sell-out seasons on Broadway and in the West End.

Written by Lee Hall, creator of the worldwide sensation Billy Elliot, the play will be presented by famous producer Bill Kenwright at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre from next Tuesday, April 9, to Saturday 13. The tour also stops at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield on June 3 to 8.

The play will strike a chord with many former miners and their families as well as those who appreciate quality theatre productions. It’s based on a true story and has become a major stage hit.

In 1934, a group of miners in Ashington, Northumberland 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 pit.

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.

Joe Caffrey will star as Harry Wilson, Philip Correia as Oliver Kilbourn, Suzy Cooper as Helen Sutherland, Catherine Dryden as Susan Parks, Louis Hilyer as Robert Lyon, Riley Jones as Ben Nicholson and Young Lad, Nicholas Lumley as George Brown and Donald McBride as Jimmy Floyd.

Tickets for The Pitmen Painters are priced from £12-£25. Call Chesterfield Theatres box office on 01246 345 222 or book online at www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk.