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Under Milk Wood: 7 things to look for as film hits BBC Four

The fantastic BBC Wales production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood is on BBC Four this weekend. Although we in Wales were able to see it weeks ago, it’s the first first chance viewers from across the UK the first time it will have been broadcast to the wider UK and features huge Welsh stars in the cast – including …

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Review: Arms And The Man at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

Why DO men go to war? And why do women urge them to it? George Bernard Shaw addressed the conundrum in 1879, and sugared the pill with a delightful romantic comedy. This new production at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, is directed by Emma Lucia, and with designer Mark Bailey she has created a glorious confection. Bailey has designed a set …

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Review: Raw Material: Llareggub Revisited, Laugharne

“To begin at the beginning…” Those five simple words are, of course, the opening to Dylan Thomas’ iconic play Under Milk Wood, but while they also launch this new production in Laugharne, it is a very different experience. Raw Material: Llareggub Revisited is the latest offering from National Theatre Wales and pays homage to the writer during his centenary year. …

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Dylan Thomas’ poems are translated into Chinese

HIS poetry has been read in his birthplace of Swansea countless times but today Dylan Thomas’s words will sound unique as they echo around the “ugly, lovely town”. For they have been translated into Mandarin for what is believed to be the first time. Chinese poet and translation expert, Professor Wu Fu-Sheng, will read the poems in front of an …

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Ballet Cymru brings Georgia Ruth’s debut album to life

Mention the world ‘ballet’ and most people automatically think of classic performances like Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. But Ballet Cymru has made a name for itself by pushing the boundaries and staging contemporary pieces which reach out to new audiences. The Newport-based company has already collaborated with Cerys Matthews and Catrin Finch and now the dancers are …

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Review: The Good Earth at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Some would say that the best art imitates real life – if that’s the case, then The Good Earth is definitely onto a winner. Inspired by true events which took place in the village of Troedrhiwgwair, the emotive, explosive show sees music married with physical theatre with intense results. In 1973, the tiny village built on the mountainside at the …

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Maudie’s Rooms, Roar Ensemble/Sherman Cymru, Cardiff Bay

Meet at a bus stop in Cardiff Bay at 7pm on a Friday night? With two seven-year-olds in tow? There’s nothing to mistrust there when you know its for a production by Roar Ensemble with Sherman Cymru. The theatre group is known for work that captures childhood imagination in the most creative of ways, and this latest – Maudie’s Rooms …

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Review: Northern Ballet’s Cinderella at New Theatre, Cardiff

Northern Ballet artistic director David Nixon has created an Imperial Russia-themed Cinderella where magic and illusion lies at the heart of the production. With glorious costumes, sharp, well-defined characterisation, special effects and choreography that makes the most of his talented ensemble and principles, he presents a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging evening. There was an unfortunate technical glitch on the opening …

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Review: The Wales Anthology at Wales millennium Centre, Cardiff

From The Heart/O’r Galon was the first of three concerts in the Wales Anthology series, which celebrate heritage and innovation in Welsh music. Three outstanding Welsh musicians joined forces to play traditional songs in new arrangements, their own material and a piece composed especially for this concert. Harpist Catrin Finch, singer/songwriter Al Lewis and pianist Gwilym Simcock forged something new …

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Sherlock star Cumberbatch to play Richard III on TV

We might know him and love him best as Sherlock, but now Benedict Cumberbatch has announced he is to play Richard III on television – the same character his Holmes co-star Martin Freeman will play in the West End. The award-winning actor  has been cast in the second series of Shakespeare’s History plays (Henry VI in 2 parts and Richard …

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