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The Pitmen Painters Playwright Lee Hall featured on The New Yorker website

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

THE PITMEN PAINTERS

PLAYWRIGHT LEE HALL FEATURED ON THE NEW YORKER WEBSITE

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

“Exciting, in-the-moment theater

as rich and intriguing as art is meant to be.”

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Tony Award Winner Lee Hall, playwright of THE PITMEN PAINTERS now making its American premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club’s (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, is currently featured on The New Yorker website in “Conversations With John Lahr”.  Click here to view the video.

The play opened in September to glowing reviews from New York critics.  Directed by Max Roberts, THE PITMEN PAINTERS plays at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play will play its final performance, as scheduled, on Sunday, December 12. Continue reading

MTC’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS begins final weeks

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

THE PITMEN PAINTERS

BEGINS FINAL 5 WEEKS OF LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT TO END AS SCHEDULED

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12

“Exciting, in-the-moment theater

as rich and intriguing as art is meant to be.”

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Manhattan Theatre Club’s American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS begins the final five weeks of its limited engagement tonight.  The play opened in September to glowing reviews from New York critics.  Directed by Max Roberts, THE PITMEN PAINTERS plays at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play will play its final performance, as scheduled, on Sunday, December 12.

Manhattan Theatre Club, by special arrangement with Bob Boyett, produces the Live Theatre, Newcastle/National Theatre of Great Britain’s co-production of THE PITMEN PAINTERS on Broadway.  THE PITMEN PAINTERS began previews on Tuesday, September 14 and opened on Thursday, September 30.

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

The Pitmen Painters, Brief Encounter & The Divine Sister featured this weekend on “Theater Talk”

THE PITMEN PAINTERS & BRIEF ENCOUNTER

FEATURED ON “THEATER TALK”

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 AT 12:30AM

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“THEATER TALK” TO RE-AIR INTERVIEW WITH THE DIVINE SISTER’S STARS

THE WEEKEND OF SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6

ON CUNY TV

On Friday, November 5, “Theater Talk” will feature an interview with THE PITMEN PAINTERS playwright Lee Hall and actor Deka Walmsley. THE PITMEN PAINTERS is currently playing at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Also, Jerry Carlson, host of City Cinematheque, discusses BRIEF ENCOUNTER, the classic 1945 David Lean movie which inspired the Kneehigh Theatre’s production of BRIEF ENCOUNTER being presented by Roundabout Theatre Company. “Theater Talk” will air this Friday, November 5, at 12:30AM (Saturday Morning) on WNET-TV (Channel 13).

Additionally, if you missed Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins’ interview with THE DIVINE SISTER’S Charles Busch, Alison Fraser and Julie Halston last weekend on “Theater Talk” you can catch it this weekend on CUNY TV (channel 75) on: Saturday, November 6th at 8:30 PM, Sunday, November 7th at 12:30 PM and Monday, November 8th at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Continue reading

MTC’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS hailed by critics

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

THE PITMEN PAINTERS

HAILED BY CRITICS

“Exciting, in-the-moment theater

as rich and intriguing as art is meant to be.”

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Manhattan Theatre Club’s American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS opened last week to glowing reviews from New York critics.  The play, directed by Max Roberts, plays at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Below is a sampling of what critics said about the production: Continue reading

Variety on THE PITMEN PAINTERS: “a flawless feel-great hit that is heartbreakingly funny with an extraordinary ensemble”

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117943767.html?categoryId=33&cs=1

VARIETY

By Marilyn Stasio

October 1, 2010

Here it is, only the beginning of a new theater season, and Broadway already has a feel-good — make that a feel-great — hit in “The Pitmen Painters.” Scribe Lee Hall draws on the same inspirational themes that served him so well in “Billy Elliot the Musical” with this heartbreakingly funny play about a group of Northumberland coal miners who in 1934 sign up for a union-sponsored art appreciation course and become the darlings of the U.K. art set. Max Roberts’ helming is flawless, and bully for Equity for preserving the extraordinary ensemble of character actors from the original British production.

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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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