For the first time, five legends of the arts are about to share the stage together in a new play by PT Rose.
Inspired by actual events, ‘3 Knights & 2 Welshmen’ features Richard Burton, Dylan Thomas, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson and Lord Olivier and is set in an Austrian Hotel suite in 1982 when Richard is partway through filming ‘Wagner’ the extraordinary 8-hour epic directed by Tony Palmer.
“Starring in the film alongside Richard was Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson,” said producer Karen Struel-White, “and this was the very first time when all four stage legends had worked together on screen.”
“So the story goes, all four actors would dine together after a days filming and recount tales of celebrity, wild-living and fame over copious amounts of fine wine and food and this is the scene that’s set for this innovative production,” continued Karen.
While Dylan Thomas was not there in person, his rare talent and passion for wild living, women and drink brings his character seamlessly into the play in the form of Burton’s demented conscience
“This is a fly-on-the-wall view of what may have taken place during one of the infamous dinners,” said producer Peter Lynn, “and the pace and style of the play is full of adult humour, wit and raconteur style story-telling, all of which delivered by the cream of local acting talent and directed superbly by Michael Aubin.”
Aubin, who is the founder and artistic director of Luna Theatre, brings a wealth of theatrical experience to the production and will be directing a stellar cast including:
Lyndon Jeremiah in the role of Richard Burton, Stephen Smith as Sir John Gielgud, Rob Stradling as Lord Olivier, Dai Rees as Sir Ralph Richardson and James Morgan in the role of Swansea’s beloved son, Dylan Thomas.
Taking place at the Dylan Thomas Theatre between Wednesday 27th February and Saturday March 2nd, there will be a showing each evening at 7.30pm and a matinee session on the Saturday at 2.30pm.
Tickets are available from The Dylan Thomas Theatre box office (tel. number 01792 473238) or online at https://booktickets.it/booking.php?theatreUID=5c1caf702354d