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Under Milk Wood

A special chance to hear the highly-acclaimed 2003 production of this classic 'play for voices', celebrating the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas. Richard Burton's unforgettable 1963 performance as First Voice is remixed with Sian Phillips as Second Voice and an all-Welsh cast, including early appearances by Ruth Jones and Matthew Rhys, and a cameo role from John Humphrys. The play is a comic, affectionate and mischievous portrait of a day in the life of the mythical Welsh village of Llareggub (read it backwards) and has become one of the most famous radio plays ever written.

Groundbreaking from its first performance in New York City in 1953, the play won the Prix Italia for its innovative style in its first BBC recording 60 years ago. The 2003 production was streamed in 5.1 surround sound and now that 5.1 mix will be available on the Radio 4 website in an experimental player during the broadcast and for 30 days after that.

Composer John Hardy
Musicians Paula Gardiner, Lee Goodall, Dewi Watkins

Sound design Nigel Lewis
Director Alison Hindell.

Release date:

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sat 18 Oct 2014 14:30


Role Contributor
First VoiceRichard Burton
Second VoiceSiân Phillips
Captain CatGlyn Houston
Polly GarterEiry Thomas
Rosie ProbertMali Harries
Mog EdwardsMatthew Rhys
Myfanwy PriceLisa Palfrey
Mrs Ogmore-PritchardChristine Pritchard
Mr OgmoreSion Probert
Mr PritchardIslwyn Morris
Reverend Eli JenkinsWayne Forester
Willy NillyIestyn Jones
Cherry OwenAndy Hockley
Mrs Cherry OwenRuth Jones
Mr PughSteffan Rhodri
Mrs PughSara McGaughey
Lily SmallsCatrin Rhys
Sinbad SailorsSteven Meo
Mrs BeynonSharon Morgan
Voice of a GuidebookJohn Humphrys
AuthorDylan Thomas
ComposerJohn Hardy
MusicianPaula Gardiner
MusicianLee Goodall
MusicianDewi Watkins
Sound DesignerNigel Lewis
DirectorAlison Hindell

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