20 October 2014

The Pitmen Painters: rave reviews, rare chances and radical royalties!

The amazing, true story of The Pitmen Painters is receiving rave reviews ...

“Excellent production of a great play …. A most satisfying evening of theatre” – DomPost

“The Pitmen Painters is serious and funny, insightful and entertaining. A wonderful real life journey which we can all relate to and learn from in our own pursuit of expression … enthralling” – Wotzon.com

The Pitmen Painters at Circa Theatre. Photos by Stephen A'Court.
But it was only a mere chance that led award-winning playwright, Lee Hall, best known for the smash hit Billy Elliot, to discover the story in a second-hand bookstore.

Watch Lee Hall discuss how he came to write the play in this video that was made when The Pitmen Painters was playing in New York. (the interview starts 58 sec in)

The remarkable success of The Pitmen Painters around the world has not only renewed interest in this group of ordinary men who achieved extraordinary things, but the royalties from the use of images of the paintings on stage has enabled the Woodhorn Museum in Ashington, Northumberland, where the original paintings are held, to redevelop the pitmen painters' gallery so that the works can be displayed in all their glory. How fitting!

Don’t miss this marvellous play. It is something special.

The Pitmen Painters at Circa Theatre. Photos by Stephen A'Court.
“A great night’s entertainment”  - DomPost

“This is a production one could see again and again.” – Wanganui Midweek

To book, visit www.circa.co.nz or call the Circa Box Office on 801-7992.

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