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7 March 2012updated 27 Sep 2015 4:01am

A special offer for New Statesman readers

Mondrian | Nicholson: In Parallel and The Pitmen Painters.

By Linda Colley

MONDRIAN || NICHOLSON: IN PARALLEL and The Pitmen Painters for £28.50!

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Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play

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

Presented by Bill Kenwright, following celebrated seasons at the National Theatre and on Broadway, Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters is currently enjoying a West End season, following a summer national tour.

Written by Lee Hall, 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.

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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 – prolifically. Within a few years avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collectors; but every day they continued to work, as before, down the mine. The Pitmen Painters is highly amusing, deeply moving and always entertaining as it examines the lives of a group of ordinary men who do extraordinary things.

Mondrian | Nicholson: In Parallel” explores the largely untold creative relationship between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson during the 1930s. At the time the two artists were leading forces of abstract art in Europe. Their friendship culminated with Mondrian moving to London in 1938, at Nicholson’s invitation, where the two worked in neighbouring Hampstead studios at the centre of a vibrant international community of avant-garde artists. This is a unique opportunity to experience some of the greatest works ever produced by these two exceptional artists.

Package deal includes top price ticket to The Pitmen Painters (normally £49.50) and admission to the Mondrian | Nicholson: In Parallel exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery saving £27.00.

For more information and to book tickets visit www.LOVEtheatre.com/Pitmen or call 020 7907 7000.

The Pitmen Painters
Written by Lee Hall
Inspired by a book by William Feaver
Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, London WC2

“Mondrian | Nicholson: In Parallel”, until 20 May, www.courtauld.ac.uk/mondrian, Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, London WC2

Terms and conditions apply. Package includes a top ticket to The Pitmen Painters and admission to the Mondrian/Ben Nicholson exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery. Offer is valid on all Monday-Friday performances until 6 April 2012. Subject to availability. Offer cannot be used retrospectively or in conjunction with any other discounts. A booking fee of £1.95 applies when booking by phone.

Read the New Statesman’s review of Mondrian | Nicholson: In Parallel here.