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Saturday Drama

Under Milk Wood

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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 in New York City in 1953, the play won the Prix Italia for its innovative style in its first BBC recording 60 years ago. The 2003 production was streamed in 5.1 surround sound and now that 5.1 mix will be available on the Radio 4 website in an experimental player during the broadcast and for 30 days after that.

Composer John Hardy
Musicians Paula Gardiner, Lee Goodall, Dewi Watkins

Sound design Nigel Lewis
Director Alison Hindell. Show less


First Voice:
Richard Burton
Second Voice:
Siân Phillips
Captain Cat:
Glyn Houston
Polly Garter:
Eiry Thomas
Rosie Probert:
Mali Harries
Mog Edwards:
Matthew Rhys
Myfanwy Price:
Lisa Palfrey
Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard:
Christine Pritchard
Mr Ogmore:
Sion Probert
Mr Pritchard:
Islwyn Morris
Reverend Eli Jenkins:
Wayne Forester
Willy Nilly:
Iestyn Jones
Cherry Owen:
Andy Hockley
Mrs Cherry Owen:
Ruth Jones
Lily Smalls:
Catrin Rhys
Sinbad Sailors:
Steven Meo
Mrs Beynon:
Sharon Morgan
Voice of a Guidebook:
John Humphrys
John Hardy
Lee Goodall
Dewi Watkins
Sound Designer:
Nigel Lewis


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