Play to preview at Duchess from Oct. 5

Lee Hall’s drama “The Pitmen Painters,” a co-production between Live Theater in Newcastle and the National Theater, will play the West End for the first time, presented by Bill Kenwright.

The play will preview at the Duchess Theater from Oct. 5 with an Oct. 11 press night.

The winner of the Evening Standard best new play plaudit has toured extensively and played a season at Gotham’s Samuel J. Friedman theater. A new U.K. tour begins June 27.

In another skedded West End move, the producers of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” have take the unusual step of announcing the show is likely to end its three-year run on Jan. 7 at the end of the current booking period. However, no formal notice has been given to cast and crew members.

With its prime location, the 1,450-seat Really Useful Group theater is one of London’s most sought-after houses. The news is likely to galvanize moves by producers seeking a berth in a crowded West End.

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