Original Cast Members of Lee Hall's The Pitmen Painters Reunite for Play's West End Debut

News   Original Cast Members of Lee Hall's The Pitmen Painters Reunite for Play's West End Debut
Ian Kelly, Michael Hodgson, David Whitaker and Brian Lonsdale will all return to The Pitmen Painters in roles that they first created at Newcastle's Live Theatre, then reprised at the National Theatre and on Broadway, when Lee Hall's play makes its West End debut at the Duchess Theatre. It begins performances there Oct. 5, prior to an official opening Oct. 11.

David Whitaker
David Whitaker Photo by Joan Marcus

Trevor Fox, who joined the cast on Broadway and on tour, and Joy Brook and Viktoria Kay, who joined for the 2011 tour, will also re-join the company, while Joe Caffrey (previously seen as Billy's Father in Hall's Billy Elliot in the West End), will join the cast afresh.

Set in 1934, the play revolves around a group of Ashington miners who hired a professor to teach an art-appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favor 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.

Inspired by a book by William Feaver, this is the original production directed by Max Roberts, with set and costume design by Gary McCann, lighting by Douglas Kuhrt and sound by Martin Hodgson. The Live Theatre Newcastle and National Theatre co-production is presented in the West End by Bill Kenwright.

To book tickets, contact the National Theatre box office on 020 7452 3000, or visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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