Pitmen Painters''Photo by Keith Pattison
Pitmen Painters''Photo by Keith Pattison

Hot on the heels of their current offering Cooking With Elvis, Derby Theatre will be the venue for another of Lee Hall’s best-known plays later this month.

The Pitmen Painters is inspired by William Feaver, directed by Max Roberts, and can be seen at the theatre from May 28-June 1.

Originally produced by Newcastle’s acclaimed Live Theatre, and following sell-out seasons at the National Theatre, on Broadway and in the West End, Bill Kenwright presents the award-winning The Pitmen Painters on this spring 2013 national tour.

Written by the creator of the worldwide sensation Billy Elliot, The Pitmen Painters has received huge critical acclaim and won the Evening Standard award for Best New Play.

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.

Examining the lives of a group of ordinary men who do extraordinary things, The Pitmen Painters is a humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics.

Lee Hall wrote the screenplay for Billy Elliot and adapted it for the West End in 2005, winning an Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Billy Elliot opened on Broadway in November 2008. His plays also include Spoonface Steinberg and an adaptation of Herman Heijerman’s The Good Hope for the National Theatre.

Joe Caffrey will head the cast as Harry Wilson.

Tickets to see The Pitmen Painters are £10-£25, concessions £10-£23.

For more information and to book tickets, call 01332 59 39 39 or go online at