The Clwyd Theatr Cymru company who performed in the record-breaking Mold production of Under Milk Wood took part in 100th anniversary birthday celebrations for Dylan Thomas in London and Chester at the weekend.
The Under Milk Wood company received a standing ovation from a full house at the culmination of the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival in London.
Clwyd Theatr Cymru appeared at the invitation of festival organiser and Fitzrovia resident Griff Rhys Jones.
A staged recital presentation of Terry Hands’ acclaimed production, with Game of Thrones star Owen Teale as First Voice, took place at the Senate House, University of London to mark the centenary of Dylan’s birth, on October 27, 1914.
Performed by the Clwyd Theatr Cymru company, Under Milk Wood played at 18 theatres in towns and cities from Aberystwyth to Cardiff in Wales, York to Brighton in England, and was seen by 61,000 people during its record-breaking run earlier this year.
The Dylan Thomas Fitzrovia festival is a celebration of Dylan in his centenary year and a district of central London renowned as a hub for artistic and literary London.
Dylan Thomas frequented the Fitzroy Tavern in Charlotte Street, which had been a regular haunt for writers, artists and filmmakers including Augustus John, TS Eliot and George Orwell. He met his future wife Caitlin at The Wheatsheaf pub in 1936.
Earlier in the day, Clwyd Theatr Cymru associate Phylip Harries took part in the same festival as narrator in the Stan Tracey Jazz Under Milk Wood, an all-star quartet and celebrated Welsh actors performing Tracey’s popular jazz suite.
Phylip is currently starring as pub landlord Mostyn in the première of Somewhere In England by Mike James, which continues in Mold until Saturday, November 8. He is also in rehearsal for the rock ‘n’ roll panto Jack and the Beanstalk, which opens on Friday, November 28.
In Chester last Sunday, Clwyd Theatr Cymru associate Emma Lucia directed Do Not Go Gentle: A Celebration of Dylan Thomas.
This centenary-eve event featured readings from Thomas’s most popular work, including Under Milk Wood, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog and Do Not Go Gentle, given by Clwyd company actors Gwyn Vaughan Jones, Michelle McTernan and Owain Gwynn.
This specially produced one-off event concluded the 2014 Essar Chester Literature Festival.