Content courtesy of the Dylan Thomas official website
Dylan was born on October 27, 1914 at No 5, Cwmdonkin Drive in Swansea, and died on November 9, 1953 in St Vincent’s Hospital, New York.
During his lifetime he wrote many great poems, including ‘Fern Hill’, ‘The hunchback in the park’ and of course ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’.
He is also famous for writing the ‘play for voices’ Under Milk Wood, and the collection of stories, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog.
Under Milk Wood – A Chronology
Trace the evolution of Under Milk Wood in Dylan’s writing through the years, starting from when he was just 17.
“To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black….”
The opening of Under Milk Wood draws you into Thomas’ story of a day in the life of the inhabitants of the small Welsh seaside village of Llareggub (read it backwards).
This “play for voices” is populated by some of the best-loved characters in literature, from blind Captain Cat to Polly Garter, Reverend Eli Jenkins to No Good Boyo.
Lyrically written, it’s both riotously funny and deeply moving, and although firmly rooted in place, the universality of the characters shines through, which is why it’s never been out of print, it’s been translated into around thirty different languages and is regularly performed all over the world.
Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Tom Jones, Philip Madoc and Matthew Rhys have all starred in radio, stage or film adaptations.
As Dylan said to his New York cast before the first ever stage production: “love the words”.