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Under Milk Wood - Richmond Theatre and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its run at Clywd Theatr Cymru and a Welsh tour, Terry Hands’ new production of Under Milk Wood will embark on an English tour, visiting Richmond Theatre from Monday, July 7 to Saturday, July 12, 2014.

The production marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth, as well as the 60th anniversary since Under Milk Wood was first produced in Britain, as a radio play by the BBC, in 1954.

The cast of Welsh actors, led by Game of Thrones‘ Owen Teale, will also include Brendan Charles, Ifan Huw-Dafydd, Richard Elin-Salt, Charlotte Gray, Sara Harris-Davis, Sophie Melville, Steven Meo (The Fabulous Baker Boys), Caryl Morgan, Simon Nehan, Kai Owen (Torchwood) and Christian Patterson.

Come to Llareggub, a small Welsh town by the sea. Meet blind Captain Cat, Mog Edwards and his sweetheart Miss Price, Sinbad Sailor, Dai Bread, Polly Garter, Nogood Boyo and Lord Cut Glass. Walk along Coronation Street, Cockle Row and Donkey Street, down to the little fishing harbour and back to Milk Wood.

Dylan Thomas explores their lives, hopes and thoughts in the dreams of a night and the rhythm of a day.

Owen Teale won a Best Actor Tony Award for his performance in A Doll’s House on Broadway (also in the West End) and recently starred alongside Zoë Wanamaker in the West End production of Passion Play by Peter Nichols. His other theatre credits include Creditors (Donmar Warehouse), Ivanhov (National Theatre), Dance of Death (West End) and Mary Stuart and Macbeth (Theatre Clwyd).

As well as series regular Ser Alliser in the HBO TV adaptation of Game of Thrones, Teale’s screen credits include Stella, Ballykissangel, Torchwood and Murphy’s Law (TV); The Cherry Orchard, Love Me Forever, King Arthur and Conspiracy (film).

Terry Hands is an award-winning British stage director and producer, who founded the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in 1964. He became joint Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1978 (with Trevor Nunn), and Chief Executive in 1986. In 1997, he became director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru.

He has won numerous awards and accolades including the 1983 Laurence Olivier and the London Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for Best Director for Cyrano de Bergerac. He was nominated for three Tony Awards in 1985 and in 1993 awarded both the London Evening Standard and the London Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for Best Director for Tamburlain The Great.

A Clwyd Theatr Cymru production presented on tour by Karl Sydow, Roger Chapman and CAPA, Under Milk Wood will be designed by Martyn Bainbridge.

To book tickets, call the box office on 0844 871 7651 or visit www.atgtickets.com/.

The Enlish tour will also visit York Theatre Royal (April 22 to April 26), Exeter Northcott Theatre (April 29 to May 3), Theatre Royal, Bath (May 5 to May 10), Festival Theatre, Malvern (May 12 to May 17), Liverpool Playhouse (May 19 to May 24), Theatre Royal, Plymouth (May 27 to May 31), Birmingham Repertory Theatre (June 2 to June 7), Fairfield Halls, Croydon (June 16 to June 21), Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham (June 24 to June 28) and Theatre Royal, Brighton (June 30 to July 5).