Lee Hall's The Pitmen Painters to Embark on a New U.K. Tour; Casting Announced
By Mark Shenton
Lee Hall's The Pitmen Painters, which premiered at Newcastle's Live Theatre and was subsequently brought to London's National Theatre and later to Broadway and then the West End, is to be revived for a new U.K. national tour.
The tour will begin performances March 13 at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, before visiting Mold, Malvern, Southend, Chesterfield, Bradford, Cambridge, Eastbourne, Guildford, Edinburgh, Shrewsbury, Derby, Sheffield, Leicester, High Wycombe, Brighton, Newcastle, Darlington, Harrogate, Truro, Oxford, Richmond in Southwest London and Swansea.
The play, inspired by a book by William Feaver, revolves around the lives of a group of ordinary men who do extraordinary things. 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 – 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.
Directed by Max Roberts, who also directed the original Live Theatre Newcastle and National Theatre co-production of the play, the tour is presented by Bill Kewnwright.
The cast comprises Joe Caffrey as Harry Wilson, Philip Correia as Oliver Kilbourn, Suzy Cooper as Helen Sutherland, Catherine Dryden as Susan Parks, Louis Hilyer as Robert Lyon, Riley Jones as Ben Nicholson and Young Lad, Nicholas Lumley as George Brown and Donald McBride as Jimmy Floyd.
For full touring dates and to book tickets, visit www.kenwright.com.
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