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5 - 27 February

An Oldham Coliseum Production
The Pitmen Painters

Based on a true story, The Pitmen Painters is a funny, feelgood, moving tale of a group of ordinary men who achieved extraordinary things.

The Ashington Group were Northumberland miners who, in 1934 employed Robert Lyon, Master of Painting at Kings College Newcastle, to teach an evening class in Art Appreciation.  Lectures on the Old Masters from a posh academic were lost on the pitmen and so instead Lyon taught them to paint, with amazing results.

The Pitmen Painters is a story of the hopes, dreams, determination and the camaraderie of these miners who continued to work down the pit, day in and day out until they retired.  Celebrated throughout the art world, this is a tale about friends, who accidentally became a working class phenomenon, having the time of their lives.

Lee Hall is best known as the writer of Billy Elliot - both the hit film and the highly acclaimed musical which continues to run in the West End. The Pitmen Painters was a sell at the Live Theatre, Newcastle, where it originated in 2007, before embarking on a run at The National Theatre, UK tours and a transfer to Broadway.

The Ashington Group paintings can be seen at Woodhorn Museum near Ashington, Northumberland.

Running times: matinee 2.30pm ends at approximately 4.50pm, evening 7.30pm ends at approximately 9.50pm.

Save Money with a Coliseum Season Ticket
This production is part of the Coliseum's season ticket offer - Four plays for just £66.00 or less. Contact the Box Office for more information on 0161 624 2829.

Full: £13 - £21.50
Concs: £13.00 - £19.50
Under 26? See the show for £6.00 - limited tickets available

Concessionary rates are available to retired patrons over 65, full-time students, registered unemployed people and eligible people with a disability. Proof of ID is required when buying or picking up tickets. Only one discount per ticket.

If you feel you are entitled to a concession due to a disability or have specific access requirements please contact the Box Office directly on 0161 624 2829 or at to discuss your visit to the Coliseum.

Group Discounts
Groups of 10 + get £2 off full price evening ticket with one free for every 10 tickets booked

Off Peak Performance
Tuesday 9 February, 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance
Saturday 27 February, 7.30pm

Sign Interpreted Performance
Thursday 11 February, 7.30pm

Valentine's Afternoon Tea
Singles and couples welcome!
Saturday 13 February, 1.30pm
£12.50, add a glass of Prosecco for just £3.50

Production Information:

Directed by Kevin Shaw

Designed by Foxton

Lighting Designer Jane Barrek

Sound Designer Lorna Munden

Written by Lee Hall

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"Warm-humoured, thought-provoking picture of working class empowerment through art" - The Stage

"The whole piece is permeated with wry humour and some uproarious moments" - Manchester Theatre Awards

"This funny yet thought provoking piece is really something worth catching" - The Reviews Hub


Simeon Truby
James Quinn
Maeve O’Sullivan
Luke Morris
Young Lad / Ben Nicholson
Helen Kay
Helen Sutherland
Micky Cochrane
Cliff Burnett
Robert Lyon
Jim Barclay