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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)