FOLLOWING sell-out seasons at the National Theatre and on Broadway, The Pitmen Painters comes to the Devonshire Park Theatre from June 6-11, prior to opening in the West End.
Written by Lee Hall, creator of the worldwide sensation, Billy Elliot, and directed by Max Roberts, 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 that do extraordinary things, The Pitmen Painters, is a humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics.
Featuring many of the original cast members from both the National Theatre and Broadway productions, this wonderful piece of theatre is ablaze with intellectual vigour, political passion and emotional energy.
Evening performances are at 7.45pm with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets cost from £13.50-£21, call 412000.