Game of Thrones actor Owen Teale stars in director Terry Hands’s new production of UNDER MILK WOOD, which visits the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 5th May to Saturday 10th May as part of a nationwide tour, following its acclaimed opening at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. The production marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth in 1914, as well as the 60th anniversary of the play’s British premiere, when Under Milk Wood was first produced on BBC radio in 1954. The all-Welsh cast also features Torchwood actor Kai Owen and Steven Meo from The Baker Boys.
Set in Llareggub, a small Welsh town by the sea, Under Milk Wood features a host of unforgettable characters including blind Captain Cat, Mog Edwards and his sweetheart Miss Price, Sinbad Sailor, Dai Bread, Polly Garter, Nogood Boyo and Lord Cut Glass. Dylan Thomas explores their lives, hopes and thoughts in the dreams of a night and the rhythm of a day from Coronation Street to Cockle Row and Donkey Street, down to the little fishing harbour and back to Milk Wood.
Owen Teale won the Tony Award forBest Actor for his performance in A Doll’s House opposite Janet McTeer on Broadway, a production which transferred from the West End and played at the Theatre Royal Bath in 1996. He recently starred alongside Zoë Wanamaker in the West End production of Passion Play by Peter Nichols. His many other theatre credits include Creditors at the Donmar, Ivanov at the National Theatre, Dance of Death in the West End, and Mary Stuart and Macbeth at Theatre Clwyd. On television, Owen stars as series regular Ser Alliser in HBO’s blockbuster television adaptation of Game of Thrones. His other screen credits include Stella, Line of Duty, Ballykissangel, Torchwood, Murphy’s Law, Lewis and Spooks. His film credits include The Cherry Orchard, Love Me Forever, King Arthur and Conspiracy.
Kai Owen is best known on television as Rhys Williams in every series of BBC’s Torchwood. He is an Associate of Clwyd Theatr Cymru and has performed with the company in numerous productions. Ifan Huw-Dafydd is also a familiar face on our television screens following his roles in The Indian Doctor, Gavin & Stacey, Stella and The District Nurse and appearances in Sherlock, Holby City, Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War. He is the voice of Grandfather in the new series of Fireman Sam. Ifan has also appeared in numerous plays at Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
Steven Meo played the roles of Grant in the BBC3 comedy Grown Ups, Owain Hughes in Gavin and Stacey, Hoffman in High Hopes and Rich in The Baker Boys. On stage, he has worked extensively with Clwyd Theatr Cymru, as well as performing with Bristol Old Vic and Shared Experience. Christian Patterson has previously performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in Terry Hands’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in 2002, and, in 2011, in David Grindley’s production of Journey’s End, performing on tour and in the West End. His television credits include the role of Alf in ITV1’s Mr Selfridge.
The cast is completed by Richard Elfyn, Katie Elin-Salt, Sara Harris-Davies, Sophie Melville, Caryl Morgan, Simon Nehan, Brendan Charleson and Charlotte Gray.
Terry Hands is an award-winning British stage director and producer, who founded the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in 1964. He became joint artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1978 with Trevor Nunn, and Chief Executive in 1986. In 1997 he became director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold, North Wales. He has won numerous awards and accolades, including the 1983 Laurence Olivier Award, and the London Critics Circle Award for Best Director for Cyrano de Bergerac. He was nominated for three Tony Awards in 1985 and, in 1993, won both the London Evening Standard Award and the London Critics Circle Award for Best Director for Tamburlaine the Great.
Dylan Thomas remains one of the legendary figures in 20th Century literature; both for the impact of his visionary, musical verse, and for the notoriety of his private life. Born in South Wales in 1914, during his childhood, the city life of Swansea was contrasted by summer holidays spent at his aunt’s farm in Camarthenshire, the landscape proving vital to his imaginative life in such poems as ‘Fern Hill’. By the time he moved to London, in 1934, he was already writing some of the poems on which his later reputation would be based, including ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’ and ‘The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower’. His first book, 18 Poems, appeared in 1934 and gained him recognition for his unique talent. His much-loved work includes Under Milk Wood, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, and the poems ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ and ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’. In 1950, Thomas fulfilled a long-standing ambition to tour America, giving readings which attracted large audiences. Following his premature death in 1953 in New York, the music of his writing and its themes of lost innocence, death, nature and nostalgia for childhood, continue to entertain and delight.
UNDER MILK WOOD appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 5th May to Saturday 10th May. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk