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Under milk wood.

The National Theatre launches its post-lockdown season.

By: Alison Thomas

If you were a fan of Welsh actor Michael Sheen in Staged, his lockdown two-hander with fellow thespian David Tennant, you will be relieved to hear that he will be escaping his living room this summer to star in the National Theatre’s new production of the Dylan Thomas masterpiece Under Milk Wood. Originally written as a drama for radio in 1954, the play tells the story of a day in the life of a small Welsh fishing village called Llareggub.

Sheen starred in the BBC’s 2016 televised version which also featured Tom Jones as Captain Cat. The play will be performed in-the-round in the Olivier Theatre, opening on 16 June, and is directed by Lyndsey Turner with a supporting cast including Sian Phillips and Karl Johnson.

The National’s Dorfman Theatre opens on 2 June with a production of After Life (based on the film by Hirokazu Kore-eda) with the renowned Headlong theatre company.  An apt choice for a theatre audience coming out of lockdown, the play examines the way we live our lives and asks who you would choose to spend eternity with!

Both productions will run until 24 July and tickets go on sale to the public on 30 April with 500 socially-distanced seats available for each performance at the Olivier and 120 at the Dorfman. Details of both productions can be found at www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.