Dublin Theatre Festival

National Theatre (UK) and Live Theatre Newcastle

The Pitmen Painters

By Lee Hall

Venue Gaiety Theatre
Date 6 Oct - 10 Oct 7.30pm
8 Oct 2.30pm
10 Oct 2.30pm
Duration 2hrs 40mins

Inspired by the book by William Feaver
Directed by Max Roberts
Design by Gerry McCann
Lighting Design by Douglas Kuhrt
Sound Design by Martin Hodgson

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Following their recent Festival successes - including The Year of Magical Thinking [2008] and The History Boys [2007] - London’s National Theatre returns to Dublin with a new critically acclaimed smash-hit written by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Lee Hall [Billy Elliot].

In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine.

Winner of the Evening Standard Best New Play award, this humorous, deeply moving production takes a timely look at art, class and politics, demonstrating how a seemingly ordinary group of men can do extraordinary things.
Contains nudity.

The matinée performance on Oct 10 at 2.30pm will be both captioned and audio-described. Tickets must be booked in advance from the Festival Box Office

It will blow you away because The Pitmen Painters is that rare thing: a hugely entertaining play that manages to be a great night out whilst simultaneously asking some very important questions.

Talking Theatre Roddy Doyle in conversation with Lee Hall. Oct 7, Post-show 10.15pm [approx].

"A wonderful piece of theatre: comic, sad and stirring in the same breath." Financial Times