A Young Richard Burton in his Own Words

A Young Richard Burton in his Own Words

“A masterful performance” – British Theatre Guide

Rhodri Miles (Game of Thrones, Eastern Promises, Atlantis) takes on the role of a younger Richard Burton this June at The Atkinson.

The welsh actor received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009 and also Hollywood fringe festival 2010 where the play won ‘Best International’ show.

“Fantastic, the whole audience was in the palm of his hand from beginning to end” ***** – Edinburgh Guide

He vividly presents the life of the great actor 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.

Rhodri said: “I think everybody where I’m from loved Richard Burton. I was born in Pontarddulais, about six miles away from where he was born. 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. I’ve always wanted to play him.”

The production of Burton, written by Gwynne Edwards and directed by Gareth Armstrong, is set in Switzerland on the 46th birthday of the notorious Shakespearean actor, when he is still married to Elizabeth Taylor but won’t be for much longer.

He was one of 13 children, his father was a coal miner and his mother was a barmaid. His mother died when he was two and his father was an alcoholic. He went to live with an actor called Philip Burton, that’s why he changed his name from Richard Jenkins said Rhodri.

“Charming, Elegant one-man show which struggles to remove itself from the memory” **** – The Scotsman

For more information about The Atkinson’s programme sign up to the mailing list online at theatkinson.co.uk

Burton can be seen at The Atkinson on Saturday 10 June at 7pm tickets are £14 /£12 students and unwaged.

Have a look at the trailer :  https://vimeo.com/99224827

To book please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call Box Office on 01704 533333. Tickets are also available over the counter during opening hours.



For interviews or press tickets/photos please contact Emma Lloyd Emma.lloyd@sefton.gov.uk / 0151 934 2129



For interviews and press tickets please call Emma Lloyd 0151 934 2129 / emma.lloyd@sefton.gov.uk


Saturday 10 June


£14 /£12 students and unwaged

* Booking fee is £1 per ticket online/phone. A 2% credit card fee is charged for counter sales

Posted on 18 May 2017 under General news

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