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Close The Coalhouse Door

Close The Coalhouse Door

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Northern Stage and Live Theatre present
Close the Coalhouse Door 

By Alan Plater, based on stories by Sid Chaplin
Music by Alex Glasgow
Directed by Samuel West
Additional material by Lee Hall
Designed by Soutra Gilmour
Musical supervision and arrangement by Sam Kenyon
Lighting design by James Farncombe

Celebrating the magnificent spirit of the North East CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR is told with a wry smile, punchy dialogue and moving songs by an extended family of wives, vicars, sons, daughters and, of course, the miners themselves.

An exhilarating ride through the strikes, victories and frustrations of British mining history, the show captures the political anger and fight for justice of ordinary people from the formation of the first Unions in 1831. At its heart beats the joyous, soulful music of Alex Glasgow, inspired by the anthems of working people.

Acclaimed director SAMUEL WEST and award-winning writer LEE HALL will bring to life ALAN PLATER’s masterpiece for new audiences in a landmark collaboration between NORTHERN STAGE and LIVE THEATRE. Close the Coalhouse Door has all the irony and lively mischief of Oh What a Lovely War, the dark grit of Our Friends in the North, and the triumph over adversity of Hall’s own Billy Elliot.

"44 years on, director Samuel West has revived [Close The Coalhouse Door] with such grit and unrestrained joy that they'd better start block-booking those North-East coaches again." 5/5 Daily Express

"This production really has to be seen... if you really appreciate good theatre, then you have to see it." ***** Whats On Stage

"Close the Coalhouse Door is an iconic play in North East theatre,  and it retains its power, as the enthusiastic reaction of the packed audience  showed."  British Theatre Guide

"The beautiful writing in this play strikes right to the heart, though it is Alex Glasgow’s songs - tough as the pitmen, rich as the seam - which endure long after the curtain falls. " The Stage 

"This is a play you cannot close the door on and well deserved it's standing ovation."
4.5 Stars, thepublicreviews.com

"An exhilarating ride through the strikes, victories and frustrations of British mining history..."


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Recommended age 12+. Some strong language (please ask our box office if you have any queries).
Running time: Approx 2hrs 40 mins

Tickets: £24, £19.15, £12.50
Concessions: £2 off

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Richmond Theatre, Richmond
9 - 12 May
Box Office: 0844 871 7651
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The Lowry Theatre, Salford
15 - 19 May
Box Office: 0843 208 6000
Website: www.thelowry.com

The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
23 - 26 May
Box Office: 01484 430 528
Website: www.thelbt.org

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
29 May - 2 Jun
Box Office: 01483 440 000
Website: www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Gala Theatre, Durham
12 - 16 Jun
Box Office: 0191 332 4041
Website: www.galadurham.co.uk

Oxford Playhouse
19 - 23 Jun
Box Office: 01865 305 300
Website: www.oxfordplayhouse.com

York Theatre Royal
26 - 30 Jun
Box Office: 01904 623568
Website: www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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