West End extension for The Pitmen Painters

Date Posted: 23/11/2011

The Pitmen Painters has extended its West End run at the Duchess Theatre, now booking for performances up to the 14th April.

Lee Hall’s play, inspired by a book by William Feaver, charts the story of a group of Ashington miners who in 1934 hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint - prolifically. Within a few years avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collectors; but every day they continued to work, as before, down the mine.

Groups going to see the production will also have the chance to win the chalk and charcoal portrait sketched live each night by Ian Kelly, who plays art teacher Robert Lyon. From today onwards, the sketch from the previous night’s show will be mounted and displayed in the theatre foyer. Audience members making a donation to the Swansea Valley Miners Appeal Fund will be entered into a prize draw to win the piece.

Performance times are Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Groups of eight plus are entitled to discounted rates for all performances except Saturday nights. 

Group travel organisers should contact their preferred ticketing agent for further details and group rates.

For more information visit www.nimaxtheatres.com

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