Under Milk Wood



By Dylan Thomas

The acclaimed production of Dylan Thomas's classic which combines Richard Burton's 1963 performance as First Voice with a contemporary Welsh cast.

First Voice....Richard Burton

Second Voice....Sian Phillips

Captain Cat....Glyn Houston

Mog Edwards....Matthew Rhys

Myfanwy Price....Lisa Palfrey

Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard....Chrstine Pritchard

Mr Ogmore....Sion Probert

Mr Pritchard....Islwyn Morris

Rosie Probert....Malie Harries

Polly Garter....Eiry Thomas

Directed by Alison Hindell


Clare Teal presents a performance celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Stan Tracey's jazz suite Under Milk Wood, inspired by Dylan Thomas's eponymous work.


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 onstage in New York City in 1953, the play went on to win the Prix Italia for its innovative style, in its first BBC recording 60 years ago. The 2003 production was streamed online in 5.1 surround sound and now that 5.1 mix will also be available on-demand via the iPlayer in another BBC first.

Composer John Hardy

Musicians Paula Gardiner, Lee Goodall, Dewi Watkins

Sound design Nigel Lewis

Director Alison Hindell.


The original production of Dylan Thomas's `play for voices', first broadcast in 1954 and now digitally remastered.

Richard Burton (First Voice), Richard Ebb (Second Voice), Hugh Griffith (Captain Cat), Rachel Thomas (Rosie Probert), Diana Maddox (Polly Garter), Dafydd Havard (Mr Mog Edwards), Sybil Williams (Myfanwy Price), Dilys Davies (Mrs Ogmore Pritchard), David Close-Thomas (Mr Ogmore), Ben Williams (Mr Pritchard), Meredith Edwards (Butcher Benyon), Diana Maddox (Gossamer Benyon), Philip Burton (Rev Eli Jenkins), Gwyneth Petty (Lily Smalls), John Huw Jones (Mr Pugh), Mary Jones (Mrs Pugh).

Director: Douglas Cleverdon.


Richard Burton stars in a brand new production of Under Milk Wood, to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Dylan Thomas.

Possibly the most famous radio play ever written is given a fresh lease of life in the first new production for BBC Radio in 25 years.

The inimitable performance of Richard Burton as First Voice has been digitally remastered and mixed with new performances of all the other parts to create a magical, fresh visit to the unique but universal world of Llareggub.

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 cast list 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, and there's a special guest appearance by John Humphrys.

A new musical score has been composed by John Hardy.

Directed by Alison Hindell