Following sell out seasons at the National Theatre and on Broadway, The Pitmen Painters embarks on a national tour this spring prior to opening in the West End. Written by Lee Hall, creator of the worlwide 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.
Monday 29th August – Saturday 3rd September
Some of the team at Seaspray will be attending this event.