Richard Burton’s voice has been digitally remastered and seamlessly mixed with an all-Welsh cast to create a magical, fresh visit to the unique but universally recognisable world of Llareggub.
Richard Burton’s inimitable narration as the Narrator in the BBC’s 1963 recording of Under Milk Wood was hugely acclaimed. In this 2003 production, the famous radio play has been given a fresh lease of life. Burton’s unforgettable performance joins a celebrated all-Welsh cast in a highly acclaimed dramatisation of this classic ‘play for voices’.
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, their hopes and fears. With characters and phrases that have entered common parlance, the play opens with ‘To begin at the beginning’ and features such much-loved characters as No Good Boyo, Lilly Smalls, Polly Garter, Organ Morgan, and Captain Cat. Among the all-Welsh cast are Siân Phillips, Matthew Rhys and Glyn Houston, as well as a special guest appearance by John Humphrys. With an entrancing new musical score by John Hardy, this production is set to become the classic version of a spellbinding play.
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A classic - that I have read many times but wanted to have handily on ipad to listen to at any given moment. It is magical...shut your eyes - and follow along the streets, meet the people - a masterpiece - of writing and reading.
My family was from a small Welsh town. We go back periodically for visits. I think I have met all the characters in Under Milkwood. Richard Burton's performance' and all the others in the recording for that matter, was beyond superb.
A beautifully graphic poem, which takes you on a journey through evedyday life; in a seaside town....or any town!
"It said that 'heading' was optional?"
The whole production was marvellous! MUCH BETTER than when I was forced to read it for my English 'O' level!!!
"Burton and Thomas combined"
I have listened to it twice and will return to it many times. Burton's voice is wonderful and both times I've found more in the story. Thomas is a very good storyteller and this story is full of humorous details of life in a small community.
I'm not certain as I've not listened to other dramatized versions of books.
Richard Burton could read the telephone directory and I would enjoy listening to him. He had a voice that was magical and this one doesn't disappoint.
"Designed for audio"
Under Milk Wood was written for Radio, and this version, with Richard Burton's gravelly voice, makes a brilliant audio book.
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