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Burton

Rhodri Miles , Dylan Thomas Centre Swansea , November 3, 2009
Burton by Rhodri Miles THE spotlight fell on one of Dylan Thomas's friends and contemporaries during the Swansea debut of a new play as part of the poet's annual festival.

Burton, a one-man show by Pontarddulais actor Rhodri Miles and written by Gwynne Edwards, saw a full house at the Dylan Thomas Centre.

Miles, who has previously played the Swansea-born poet in Dylan Thomas in America, turned his impressive acting skills to arguably Wales's greatest ever actor.

The 38-year-old former Pobol y Cwm actor bears a passing resemblance to Burton and managed to give a more than credible portrayal of his golden trademark voice.

The play, produced by the Welsh Fargo Stage Company, vividly depicts Burton's often hilarious, melancholic, self-deprecating take on life from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom.

It culminates in his acrimonious first divorce from Elizabeth Taylor.

With a number of Dylan Thomas anecdotes woven into the gripping dialogue the play is sure to go down as a memorable highlight of the festival.

At one point the Burton character compares learning the lines to Hamlet to scaling Everest - during this 75 minute show, Miles conquered his own mountain with this towering performance, and fittingly received thunderous applause from an appreciative audience on final curtain.

Reviewed by: Geraint Thomas

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