Michael Sheen, Jonathan Pryce and Griff Rhys Jones will feature alongside singer Tom Jones in a one-off BBC adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, to be broadcast in early May.
Celebrating the centenary of Thomas’ birth, and the 60th anniversary of Under Milk Wood’s original radio broadcast, this new 60-minute production will bring together Welsh talent from Cardiff, London, New York, and Laugharne, where much of the play was written.
Others to star in the production include John Rhys Davies, Sian Phillips, Ioan Gruffudd, Kimberley Nixon, Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Steffan Rhodri, Eve Myles and Charlotte Church. The broadcast will be directed by Pip Broughton.
Alongside the BBC Wales adaption, which will also be available on the iPlayer, National Theatre Wales will present Raw Material: Llareggub Revisited, a live theatre experience in Laugharne from May 3 to 5, created by Marc Rees and writer Jon Tregenna.
Bethan Jones, executive producer of the TV adaptation, said: “It’s been an amazing experience to witness how this familiar text feels fresh and alive when read with truth and simplicity by this wonderful cast. It’s almost as though this material is part of everyone’s DNA.”
Jones added: “Our starting point was Dylan’s only note to the original cast before the very first performance in New York shortly after he completed the play – ‘Love the words’”.