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MTC Announces “After Words: THE PITMEN PAINTERS”

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS FOR

“AFTER WORDS: THE PITMEN PAINTERS”

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 DISCUSSION TO FEATURE

PROFESSOR TIM BARRINGER & DIRECTOR MAX ROBERTS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 DISCUSSION TO FEATURE

PLAYWRIGHT LEE HALL & AUTHOR WILLIAM FEAVER,

FEAVER TO SIGN COPIES OF HIS BOOK “PITMEN PAINTERS”

IMMEDIATELY AFTER DISCUSSION

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce guests for the upcoming session of After Words, the popular discussion panels held after selected Saturday matinees at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The latest offering will focus on the THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Lee Hall, directed by Max Roberts.

On Saturday, September 18, After Words will feature Tim Barringer, a professor of the history of art at Yale, and director Max Roberts.

On Saturday, October 2 After Words will feature playwright Lee Hall and author William Feaver, whose book Pitmen Painters inspired the play. In addition, following the discussion, Feaver will be on hand to autograph copies of his book which is currently on sale at the Friedman Theatre.

After Words is part of MTC’s continuing effort to deepen and enrich the play-going experience for its audiences. Held after selected Saturday matinees, these panels, featuring writers, cultural critics and journalists, provide provocative and illuminating insights into the political, cultural, and artistic contexts of the work MTC produces.

For more information on After Words, or to download a podcast of past After Words, please visit: www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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THE PITMEN PAINTERS begins previews tomorrow, Tuesday, 9/14

 

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

THE PITMEN PAINTERS

STARTS PREVIEWS TOMORROW

 

BROADWAY PREMIERE OF LEE HALL’S ACCLAIMED PLAY,

OPENS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

 

“A glorious instant classic that is tragic, funny and illuminating in one fell swoop of energy.”

-Evening Standard

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS begins previews tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play will celebrate a September 30 opening night.

Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Bob Boyett, will produce the Live Theatre, Newcastle/National Theatre of Great Britain’s co-production of THE PITMEN PAINTERS on Broadway.

The cast, who have been with the production since it premiered at Live Theatre in 2007, will include: Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson.  The play is directed by Max Roberts.

Inspired by a book by William Feaver, and hailed by London critics as “a glorious instant classic” (Evening Standard), “a wonderful piece of theatre” (Financial Times) “a beautiful work of art that everybody should see” (The Times of London), and “a superb piece of work; warm, funny, sad, and thought-provoking” (The Daily Telegraph), the play tells the story of the Ashington Group – miners from Northumberland who became celebrated painters. THE PITMEN PAINTERS was named Best Play at the 2008 Evening Standard Awards.

Direct from a sold-out engagement at London’s National Theatre, this funny and fascinating new play by Tony Award winner Lee Hall (writer of Broadway’s mega-hit Billy Elliot) comes to Broadway with its entire original London cast intact. THE PITMEN PAINTERS is based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations! An arresting and hilarious salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, THE PITMEN PAINTERS takes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.

THE PITMEN PAINTERS features scenic and costume design by Gary McCann, lighting design by Douglas Kuhrt, and sound design by Martin Hodgson.

The cast of THE PITMEN PAINTERS is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting www.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $57 – $116.

For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR THE PITMEN PAINTERS:

Please note THE PITMEN PAINTERS is dark on Mondays:

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3: Tuesday at 7PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 7PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM.
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 (THANKSGIVING WEEK): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 PM. Tuesday at 7 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Dark on Thursday.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2010-2011 Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre will feature the American premiere of Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS, inspired by a book by William Feaver, and the world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s GOOD PEOPLE. The Off-Broadway season will include the world premiere of Beau Willimon’s SPIRIT CONTROL, the New York premiere of Matthew Lopez’s THE WHIPPING MAN, and the world premiere of Alfred Uhry’s CARL’S SISTER, based on the book Apples and Oranges by Marie Brenner. A third Broadway production will be announced in the coming weeks.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 17 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin.’

For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

THE PITMEN PAINTERS featured in the New York Times

PREVIEWS TO BEGIN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 FOR A THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 OPENING NIGHT

“A glorious instant classic that is tragic, funny and illuminating in one fell swoop of energy.”
Evening Standard

Manhattan Theatre Club’s (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) upcoming American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS is featured in the New York TimesClick here to read the story.

The play will begin previews on September 14, 2010 for a September 30 opening night at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Bob Boyett, will produce the Live Theatre, Newcastle/National Theatre of Great Britain’s co-production of THE PITMEN PAINTERS on Broadway.

The cast, who have been with the production since it premiered at Live Theatre in 2007, will include: Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson.

Inspired by a book by William Feaver, and hailed by London critics as “a glorious instant classic” (Evening Standard), “a wonderful piece of theatre” (Financial Times) “a beautiful work of art that everybody should see” (The Times of London), and “a superb piece of work; warm, funny, sad, and thought-provoking” (The Daily Telegraph), the play tells the story of the Ashington Group – miners from Northumberland who became celebrated painters. THE PITMEN PAINTERS was named Best Play at the 2008 Evening Standard Awards.

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THE PITMEN PAINTERS & GOOD PEOPLE Tickets Now on Sale at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Box Office

BOX OFFICE NOW OPEN AT MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

TICKETS ON SALE AT BOX OFFICE FOR MTC’S UPCOMING BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS OF THE PITMEN PAINTERS & GOOD PEOPLE

The box office of Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) is now open for the 2010-2011 Broadway season. Single tickets to MTC’s upcoming Broadway productions of THE PITMEN PAINTERS and GOOD PEOPLE are available for purchase at the box office.

Tickets for these productions are also on sale via www.Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

Single tickets to the MTC’s 2010-2011 Off-Broadway productions of SPIRIT CONTROL, THE WHIPPING MAN, and CARL’S SISTER will go on sale starting Tuesday, September 7 at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street) or at www.NYCityCenter.org or by calling Citytix® at (212) 581-1212.

Subscriptions to MTC’s 2010-2011 season are currently available by calling (212) 399-3050, Monday – Friday, noon – 10 PM, Saturday 2 PM – 6 PM with a major credit card. Subscriptions are also available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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BBB Fall Preview: The Pitmen Painters

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) announce that Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Bob Boyett, will produce the Live Theatre, Newcastle /National Theatre of Great Britain’s co-production of THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Tony Award® winner Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) with direction by Max Roberts starring the original English company.

Inspired by a book by William Feaver, and hailed by London critics, the play tells the story of the Ashington Group – miners from Northumberland who became celebrated painters. THE PITMEN PAINTERS was named Best Play at the 2008 Evening Standard Awards.

THE PITMEN PAINTERS is a humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class, and politics. In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favor 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.

The cast, who have been with the production since it premiered at Live Theatre in 2007, will include: Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson.

Previews begin September 14/ Opens September 30/ Limited Engagement

MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street)

MTC’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS now on sale

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

THE PITMEN PAINTERS

NOW ON SALE

PREVIEWS TO BEGIN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

FOR A THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 OPENING NIGHT

“A glorious instant classic that is tragic, funny and illuminating in one fell swoop of energy.”

-Evening Standard

Tickets for Manhattan Theatre Club’s (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) upcoming American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS are now on sale. The play will begin previews on September 14, 2010 for a September 30 opening night at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, or online by visiting www.Telecharge.com.  Beginning Monday, August 30, tickets will also be available by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $57 – $116.

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MTC announces four productions for the 2010-2011 season

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES FOUR PRODUCTIONS FOR 2010-2011 SEASON

 

BROADWAY SEASON

THE PITMEN PAINTERS

AMERICAN PREMIERE STARRING ACCLAIMED ORIGINAL UK CAST

BY TONY AWARD WINNER LEE HALL

INSPIRED BY A BOOK BY WILLIAM FEAVER

DIRECTED BY MAX ROBERTS

GOOD PEOPLE

WORLD PREMIERE

BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNER DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE

DIRECTED BY DANIEL SULLIVAN

OFF-BROADWAY SEASON

CARL’S SISTER

WORLD PREMIERE BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNER ALFRED UHRY

BASED ON THE BOOK APPLES AND ORANGES BY MARIE BRENNER

DIRECTED BY LYNNE MEADOW

SPIRIT CONTROL

WORLD PREMIERE BY BEAU WILLIMON

DIRECTED BY DOUG HUGHES

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