Under Milk Wood

Olivier Theatre, National, London
Under Milk Wood
Olivier Theatre, National, London
Our Review 4 / 5

A community is sleeping. If you listen closely, you can hear their dreams.

The retired sea captain yearning for his lost love.
The landlady living in terror of her guests.
A father who can no longer access his memories.
A son in search of redemption.

As they awake to boiled eggs and the postman, the residents of a small Welsh village juggle old secrets and new realities.

Michael Sheen, Karl Johnson and Siân Phillips feature in the acting company breathing new life into Dylan Thomas’ poetic masterpiece. Lyndsey Turner directs.

Under Milk Wood is the first show at the National's Olivier Theatre.

Previews from |
16th June 2021
Opening date |
23rd June 2021
Booking from |
24th October 2021
Available until |
24th July 2021
Closes |
24th July 2021
Categories |
Dylan Thomas
Lyndsey Turner
Songs by:
Edward-Rhys Harry
Tim Lutkin
Donato Wharton
Merle Hensel
Imogen Knight
Merle Hensel
Cast list:
Susan Brown, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Alan David, Gillian Elisa, Michael Elwyn, Kezrena James, Karl Johnson, Andrew Macbean, Lee Mengo, Anthony O'Donnell, Siân Phillips, Gaynor Morgan Rees, Michael Sheen, Cleo Sylvestre

Olivier Theatre, National Venue Information

Olivier Theatre, National, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Review of Under Milk Wood


Why do we tell stories? Lyndsey Turner’s emotive staging of Dylan Thomas’s 1953 play for voices proffers some profound ideas: to heal familial bonds, to find lucidity in the murkiness of dementia, and to reach much-needed catharsis after a long period of suffering. Read more

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Photo credit: National Theatre (Photo by mondo on Flickr)
Michael Sheen and Sian Phillips to star in ‘Under Milk Wood’ at National Theatre
Monday, 22 March, 2021, 12:38
The National Theatre will reopen its doors later this year, with Michael Sheen and Sian Phillips starring in Under Milk Wood. Staged in a reconfigured Olivier Theatre, Under Milk Wood will begin performances from 16 June. Lyndsey Turner will direct Dylan Thomas’ 1954 play, originally presented as a radio drama. Set in a Welsh fishing village, a narrator invites audiences to the tightknit community, including a blind sea captain, a pair of widows and music-...
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