Catch John Prowse on Stage in The Pitmen Painters

I’m having a great time working on this lovely play by the writer of Billy Elliot. I’d love to see you there!
United Players presents the Canadian Première of 
The Pitmen Painters
by Lee Hall
Directed by Jack Paterson
Jan 24 – Feb 16 at the Jericho Arts Centre
L to R: Paul Herbert, Michael Wild and John Prowse
Photo: Doug Williams

In 1934, a group of Ashington miners and a dental mechanic hired a professor from Newcastle University to teach an Art Appreciation evening class. Unable to understand each other, they embarked on one of the most unusual experiments in British art as the pitmen learned to become painters.  Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends, their work was chosen for prestigious collections and they were celebrated throughout the British art world; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine.  A true story made into a heartwarming play.

The Pitmen Painters is extraordinary for all sorts of reasons, but chief among them is the fact that it manages to be both a great night out and gravely serious. It is a funny play that asks big questions about education, culture and the working classes without ever being patronizing, stupid, boring, or using the dreaded word ‘inclusive’.

– The Guardian

The Pitmen Painters stars Stephanie DyckJames GillKeith Martin GordeyPaul HerbertKurtis MaguireAlexis QuednauJohn Prowse, and Michael Wild. It is directed by John Jack Paterson, with set design by Jessica Oostergo, lighting design by Graham Ockley, costumes by Lisa Sadler, sound design by Jeff Tymochuk, technical direction by Krysten Neeson, stage management by Andy Sandberg, and is produced by Vera Gammert.

Jan 24 – Feb 16, Thurs – Sun @ 8pm
Sun Matinées: Feb 2nd and 16th at 2pm (no evening performances)
Tickets: $16 – $20
Preview: Jan 23rd (tickets $10)
Talkback: Jan 30th

Jericho Arts Centre
1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver, BC V6R 4K5

John Prowse Stars in The Habit of Art – Opening September 6th, 2013


I’m very excited to announce that I will be starring in The Habit of Art at The Jericho Arts Centre in Vancouver from September 6th until September 29th.

As Alan Bennett is one of my favourite playwrights, the role of W. H. Auden is especially rewarding for me and I’ve had a great time rehearsing alongside Murray Price as Benjamin Britten, and the rest of our cast – Joan Bryans, Kurtis Maguire, Mac Dodge, Christofer Pritchett, Attila Kallai, Danielle Addington and Paterson How.

The Habit of Art is directed by William B. Davis, with Assistant Director Brian Parkinson, Executive Producer Andrée Karas, Musical Director Murray Price, set design by Brian Ball, lighting design by Randy Poulis, sound design by Neil Griffith, technical direction by Graham Ockley, and stage management by Craig Veenhof.

You can find out more about the play at!



John Prowse Stars with Valerie Harper in The Town That Came A-Courtin’


Hi Gang,

It’s the end of summer, but what a great time it’s been filming The Town That Came A-Courtin’, a TV adaptation of Ronda Rich’s book.

I’ve been surrounded by a great cast mixed with Canadian and American talent, including Lauren Holly, Cameron Bancroft, and last but not least, Ms. Valerie Harper. Sharing the screen with Valerie Harper – who comes from such a wealth of success and talent in show business – has been a real treasure for me. It was great to see her doing her thing here in Vancouver and we’re all so very proud of this project.

Watch for it on Up TV in early 2014!