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The Pitmen Painters - 2010 - Broadway

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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.

Schedule

Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
261 W. 47th St. Seating Chart
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Featured Reviews For The Pitmen Painters


The Pitmen Painters - NY1
There’s another dimension to this story that adds to the "Pitmen" lore. All eight actors in the show hail from the same mining region where the play is set. And they've stayed with it since the play debuted there three years ago. And each of these loyal performers, like their characters, are phenomenal talents. They're also astute critics because they knew they had the makings of a masterpiece on their hands.

Two British Plays Put Society In The Spotlight - USA Today
Suffice to say that Shaw, this ain't. Hall fairly bludgeons us with his populist message, and the characters can border on cartoonish in their conformity to broad, familiar stereotypes. Still, the actors are game and adroit; standouts include Michael Hodgson, wryly appealing as a wisecracking socialist, and Brian Lonsdale, who does deft double duty as the unemployed young man and an effete painter.


 



 

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by Gabrielle Sierra - November 9, 2010
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.
by Ben Peltz - October 17, 2010
As Lee Hall's The Pitmen Painters, inspired by the true story of a collection of miners who art history books now refer to as The Ashington Group, commences, the title characters are quite figuratively blank canvases.  Raised to spend nine hours a day working the northern English coal mines from the time they're still boys, the small gathering of fellows who decided they wanted to learn a bit about culture through weekly visits from a university art professor have never set foot in a gallery and know nothing of the great works most of their countrymen would recognize as part of common knowledge.  Their understanding is that there is some 'secret' behind art that only the elite know about, giving them the ability to determine what's good and what isn't.
by Kevin Thomas Garcia - October 1, 2010
Manhattan Theatre Club's (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall's THE PITMEN PAINTERS opened last night, September 30 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play began previews on Tuesday, September 14. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the opening and brings you photo coverage of the performance arrivals, curtain call and after-party below!
by Craig Brockman - September 30, 2010
Manhattan Theatre Club's American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall's THE PITMEN PAINTERS began previews on September 14 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and opens tonight! BroadwayWorld is pleased to bring you these video highlights of the production.
by BWW News Desk - September 30, 2010
Manhattan Theatre Club's (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall's THE PITMEN PAINTERS opens tomorrow, Thursday, September 30 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play began previews on Tuesday, September 14.
by Jessica Lewis - September 24, 2010
Manhattan Theatre Club's American premiere of Tony Award winner Lee Hall's THE PITMEN PAINTERS began previews on September 14 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play will celebrate a September 30 opening night. Today, the first production shots have been released and BroadwayWorld brings you a look below.
by Gabrielle Sierra - September 17, 2010
Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce guests for the upcoming session of After Words, the popular discussion panels held after selected Saturday matinees at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).
by Gabrielle Sierra - September 17, 2010
The Pitmen Painters recently concluded an acclaimed run at London's Royal National Theatre.
by Gabrielle Sierra - September 16, 2010
The Pitmen Painters recently concluded an acclaimed run at London's Royal National Theatre.
by Gabrielle Sierra - September 14, 2010
What is your hometown? How long did you live there? I was born in Cheltenham and I moved to Carlisle in Cumbria when I was 5 and lived there until I was 18. I went to University in Newcastle to study performance and lived in Newcastle for 8 years. I consider my self an honorary Geordie! I'm now living in London. Does your family still live there? Who? I have three older brothers, two of which live in Newcastle, the other in London. My parents both still live in Carlisle. Were you aware of the Ashington Group's story before your involvement with The Pitmen Painters? I had no idea The Ashington Group existed before I started the show. On the second day of rehearsals we went on a 'school trip' up to the museum at the colliery [coal mine]. I was completely overwhelmed by their story; it's definitely worth a visit. You began your journey with the show back in 2007, how has your performance evolved? Because we have performed the show so many times sometimes there is a risk it can begin to feel a bit stale. Fortunately Mr. Hall is a bit of a genius so there is always something new to discover. Since starting the show back in 2007 I feel I've really grown into the role and discovered a real warmth and admiration for Susan. Her story is a small sub-plot in the play but there are still so many layers to her and her journey. What are you most looking forward to about bringing the show to New York/Broadway? It's such an important story that needs to be told and it's a privilege to be putting Ashington and the north east on the map. I just hope the American audience can understand the Geordie accent! What do you hope Broadway audiences take away from this production? IT IS SUCH AN INSPIRING STORY. It highlights the fact that art is for everyone. I hope that everyone who sees the show will be inspired to pick up a paint brush! What quintessential New York experience are you most looking forward to? All of it... I'm ready and waiting to be impressed by everything New York has to offer! Do you have any painting talent of your own? I did a lot of painting and drawing at school and studied Art and Art History for A level. Top three songs that are most played on your iTunes/iPod right now (or name the three songs you always find yourself listening to). Vampire Weekend- 'Diplomat's Son', Elbow- every song Guy Garvey has ever written and I'm listening to 'Toots and the Maytals' right now. Name the three TV Shows that are the highest priority on your DVR (or name three television shows on "your must" watch list)? "Mad Men", "Mad Men" and "Mad Men"- I love "Mad Men"; I want to be in "Mad Men". I want to pretty much marry Don Draper and look like Betty. What are the next three movies in your Netflix/Blockbuster queue (or name the last three movies you watched at home)? Shutter Island, This is England (I think Shane Meadows is a genius, he's pretty much my hero) and Avatar (in 3D) What website is your current online addiction? I hate to say it but I do spend more time than I should on Facebook. What's the last book you purchased for yourself to read? One Day by David Nicholls Name the place you hope to visit when you go on your next vacation. NEW YORK, NEW YORK- my next vacation is going to be a working one but it doesn't get better than New York (apparently) What is the one role (musical theatre, straight play, television, film, opera, ballet) you MUST play before you die? I would love to play Nora in Ibsen's- A Doll's House Name one thing you want to accomplish in the next six months. I would love to land a good role in a new comedy sitcom.
by Peter James Zielinski - September 13, 2010
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. The play will celebrate a September 30 opening night. Today, the company met the press and BroadwayWorld brings you photo coverage below!
by Gabrielle Sierra - September 13, 2010
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.
by Gabrielle Sierra - September 13, 2010
The Pitman Painters recently concluded an acclaimes run at London's Royal National Theatre.
by Gabrielle Sierra - September 9, 2010
The Pitmen Painters recently concluded an acclaimed run at London's Royal National Theatre. 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.
by Gabrielle Sierra - September 8, 2010
The Pitmen Painters recently concluded an acclaimed run at London's Royal National Theatre.
by Robert Diamond - September 7, 2010
The Pitmen Painters recently concluded an acclaimed run at London's Royal National Theatre. 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.Max Roberts directs the British cast, which will include Christopher Connel, Michael Hodgson, Ian Kelly, Brian Lonsdale, Lisa McGrillis, Deka Walmsley, David Whitaker and Phillippa Wilson. The play begins previews Sept. 14 and opens Sept. 30 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
by Gabrielle Sierra - September 1, 2010
The box office of Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) is now open for the 2010-2011 Broadway season. Single tickets to MTC's upcoming Broadway productions of THE PITMEN PAINTERS and GOOD PEOPLE are available for purchase at the box office.