A new production of Dylan Thomas’ tale of varied and fractious lives in a quiet Welsh village.
Within a small Welsh community, a cluster of characters are quietly working through their own troubles and histories. Secret worries, regrets and woes exist beneath the bustle of daily life. Directed by Lyndsey Turner.
But the drama as a whole – beyond the father and son dynamic of the framing device – remains emotionally distant as one vignette after another is delivered and feels a little wrung out as Thomas’s language loses some of its richness.
I'm not sure Under Milk Wood will ever resemble whatever it is that we mean by a proper play, but this wonderful actor [Michael Sheen] ensures every minute of the way that it is an experience.
This production captures some of that magic; it contains instances of comedy and pathos but some of the world-building lacks clarity and, at times, it falls awkwardly between two stools, breaking its spell.
In Lyndsey Turner’s Olivier staging of Under Milk Wood, [Michael Sheen's] galvanising presence and knack for whipping up a storm with words make a strong and emotionally satisfying case for this popular verse drama by Dylan Thomas.