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Under Milk Wood (BBC Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 2 Apr 2001
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A classic BBC Radio full-cast production of Dylan Thomas' poetic play for voices, starring Richard Burton as the narrator.
The 1963 radio dramatization, with Richard Burton as the narrator, of Dylan Thomas's "play for voices", about the inhabitants of a small Welsh village.See all Product description
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last found an old copy published by Dent in 1957, from Carmarthenshire Rare Books.
This is an acting edition with all of the authors notes, intended characters and songs included.
Dylan Thomas was only a couple of month's away from death when this play was completed
despite having worked on the theme for nearly ten years and this edition is regarded as his
final re-write before his death in 1953.
Set in the fictional sea town of Llaregyb, we learn of the dreams, hopes and aspirations of the
sleeping townsfolk during the early hours of one morning, first through a narrator, First Voice,
then as the play unfolds we are introduced to the characters daily lives.
I first heard it as a BBC production which was ideally suited to this "play for voices" with the
late Richard Burton being the narrator and other great character actors like Hugh Griffith,
Rachel Thomas and Rachel Roberts.
Although my copy has some foxing to its 101 pages, it is of good hardback quality and perfectly
readable for a book that is 60 years old.
Under Milk Wood was written for performing on radio in the 1950s, and reads like a cross between TS Eliot and James Joyce. Having said that, it is a superbly witty and affectionate love letter to Wales and the Welsh.
Under Milk Wood itself won’t take long to read, perhaps an hours, but it is well worth returning to. The lengthy introduction and lengthy footnotes are probably of more academic interest, a general reader could probably whet their curiosity via the relevant Wikipedia page.
If it was the cd I was reviewing I would give it 5 stars.
Richard Burton is, as usual, fantastic despite having been dead for a number of years before this edition was released! His voice is smooth and dark and, being Welsh, absolutely perfect for this play.
If you enjoy UMW then this is the CD to get. If you're not familiar with UMW get this CD anyway and be carried away by Dylan's plot-less, atmospheric story and your own imagination.