A fascinating one-man show about the life of the great Welsh actor Richard Burton, performed by acclaimed actor Rhodri Miles whose credits include Game of Thrones and Atlantis is coming to the Brindley Theatre on Friday 31 March.
The play Burton, written by Gwynne Edwards and directed by Gareth Armstrong vividly presents the life of Richard Burton in his own words, from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom.
Beautiful women (not least Liz Taylor), alcohol, wealth, stage and screen are the threads woven into this sad, happy, exuberant often hilarious one-man show.
Drink was the only real anodyne to his deteriorating health and mental state, his doomed tempestuous relationship with Taylor and his constant guilt over the abandonment of his family.
Burton was described as “A brilliant and gripping portrait by LA Weekly
Rhodri Miles trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has been a professional actor for over fifteen years. Film credits include David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises.
TV work includes Richard II- Hollow Crown Series, Game of Thrones, Atlantis and Sky series Game of Thrones.
“I’ve always wanted to play Richard Burton” said, who is 46 years old and was born in Pontarddulais, just six miles away from Burton’s birthplace.
“He was a great thespian actor, an alcoholic womaniser who often said that his natural disposition to the Celtic gloom was caused by the mist in the hills and the black in the coal, all of it seeping into his very being. When you think of Welsh iconic figures, he’s one of them”
Theatre credits include the role of Dylan Thomas in Clown in the Moon (also written by Gwynne Edwards) which toured Wales during the Dylan 100 festival and will also tour nationally in spring 2018.
He also played Ludovico in Othello at Sheffield Crucible, directed by Daniel Evans and starring Dominic West and Clarke Peters.
Tickets are £14, £12 from www.thebrindley.org.uk and the box office on 0151 907 8360