Top marks for Dominic Cooke, who gives a veritable masterclass in how to imaginatively revive a play that has fallen out of fashion. His thoughtful revamp of Emlyn Williams’s semi-autobiographical 1938 work The Corn is Green, about the schoolteacher who changed his destiny, throbs with new life and features a powerhouse turn from Nicola Walker. She stars as Miss Moffat (based on the real-life Miss Sarah Grace Cooke), the indomitable English spinster on a mission to educate children in a rural...
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Nicola Walker stars in a new production of The Corn is Green at the National Theatre. Dominic Cooke directs the Welsh drama, which is receiving its first London revival in 35 years. The Corn is Green tickets will be available on London Theatre soon.
The Corn is Green play centres on Lily Moffat, an English school teacher who is sent to north Wales to educate young miners living in the area. While teaching the locals, Lily is met by angry communities and a growing resistance to her ways. One teenager, Morgan Evans, decides to seek a way out through education, making Lily’s existence worthwhile.
Emlyn Williams’ The Corn is Green is a semi-autobiographical play, inspired by his early childhood in Mostyn, Flintshire, to pen the play. He felt such an affection towards his own work that he even played Morgan Evans — a role he based upon himself — in The Corn is Green London premiere, which took place at the Duchess Theatre in 1938. Even though the play is set in Wales, a major Welsh revival of The Corn is Green has never been staged.
The last The Corn is Green London revival was at the Old Vic in 1985. So this production is sure to breathe new life into the 20th-century drama. The Olivier Award-winning actress Nicola Walker will play Miss Moffat, joined by Gareth David-Lloyd. The Corn is Green continues a new National Theatre tradition of showcasing Welsh dramas. Under Milk Wood, starring Michael Sheen, played at the National in 2021.
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April 7th, 2022
June 11th, 2022
Cast and creative
By: Emlyn Williams
Director: Dominic Cooke
Cast list: Nicola Walker, Iwan Davies, Adam Baker, Saffron Coomber, Gareth David-Lloyd, Iwan Davies, Ben Alyn Francis, Megan Grech, Jonathan Hawkins, Matthew Hargreaves, Steffan Hughes, Gareth Kennerley, Richard Lynch, Jo McInnes, Alice Orr-Ewing, Steffan Rizzi, Rebecca Todd, Garyn Williams, Peter Willcock, Rufus Wright
Lighting: Charles Balfour
Sound: Christopher Shutt