Touching, eerie and very funny, the play tells the story of a day in the life of the inhabitants of a small Welsh seaside town, their dreams and routines, their loves and regrets. With characters and phrases that have entered daily parlance, the play opens with, 'To begin at the beginning', and features No Good Boyo, Lily Smalls, Polly Garter, Organ Morgan and Captain Cat in its castlist of more than 50.
Sian Phillips joins Richard Burton to play Second Voice. Also featured in the all-Welsh cast are Matthew Rhys, Glyn Houston, Lisa Palfrey, Catrin Rhys and Steven Meo, among others. And there's a special guest appearance by John Humphrys. A new musical score has been composed by John Hardy. Meet the cast.
The play stems from a talk given by Thomas on the Welsh Home Service in 1945 called Quite Early One Morning. BBC producer Douglas Cleverdon spent seven years persuading Thomas to write the play and Under Milk Wood was eventually broadcast on the Third Programme in January 1954 just two months after the author's death.