Masters of Sex star Michael Sheen will celebrate the 100th birthday of his fellow Welshman Dylan Thomas with an October 26 live reading of Thomas’ Under Milk Wood at the 92nd Street Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall that will be simultaneously broadcast on BBC Radio Wales. Thomas’ play, which chronicles the dreams and lives of the people in the fictional town of Llareggub, premiered in 1953 at the same venue where Sheen will direct a group of Welsh actors and read the role of the “First Voice,” the New York Times reported.
“It’s a real honor and an absolute thrill to be able to perform Under Milk Wood in this very special year and on the stage that it first found its voice,” Sheen said, per the 92nd Street Y. “The live radio broadcast is an opportunity to celebrate him and his work in both New York—a city that became so important to Dylan—and, at the same time, in Wales, his inspiration and home.” Scandal‘s Kate Burton, whose father Richard Burton starred in the 1954 BBC radio and 1972 film versions of Under Milk Wood, will be among the New York production’s cast members.
Sheen was recently part of a BBC television production of the play, which also featured Tom Jones, Matthew Rhys, and Ioan Gruffudd. Hear Sheen read the opening here: