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The Pitmen Painters

By Lee Hall
The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall (playtext)

The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall premiered at Live Theatre before transferring to the National theatre in 2008 and Broadway in 2010. In 1934, a group of Ashington miners and a dental mechanic hired a professor from Newcastle University to teach an Art Appreciation evening class. Unable to understand each other, they embarked on one of the most unusual experiments in British art as the Pitmen learned to become painters.