There are a host of Dylan Thomas centenary events going on in the run up to his 100th birthday (were he alive) - 27 October is the day of reckoning, there's so much going on across the whole year too, take your pick on www.dylanthomas.com. Dylathon is one to watch, with Sir Ian McKellen headlining plus a host of famous names (Katherine Jenkins, Jo Brand, JPR Williams, Charlotte Church, Nicholas Parsons and many more), all paying tribute to Dylan Thomas for a 'stage marathon of back to back readings and performances'. And guess what? It's not too late for you to win a ticket, there's a Dylathon prize draw for some lucky winners, entries by Thursday 23 midday! To guarantee your seat or to read the full programme, visit www.dylathon100.com.
Dylan Thomas Festival is at the Dylan Thomas Centre on Monday 27 October until 9 November, its the 17th annual Dylan Thomas Festival and is special as the birth centenary. The festival features a mix of talks, workshops, exhibitions, performances. and special guests. The new ‘Love The Words’ exhibition promises unique items and memorabilia. More>
The Beginning is on until 28 October and comprises a series of events celebrating the lead up and beyond to the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth including performances of the play ‘First Love’, ongoing tributes from ‘100 Voices’ and a special event as the world focuses on the Birthplace as the hour of the 100th anniversary approaches. More>
DYLATHON: The event opens at 11am Sunday October 26 and comes to an end at 11pm on Monday October 27; at the precise moment Dylan Thomas (if he were still alive) would reach his 100th birthday (and receive a letter from the queen). And certainly Gandalf from the Hobbit and the likes of Jo Brand plus other well-loved and respected actors and stage performers will pay very good homage to Swansea's best loved writer. Dylathon is directed by Michael Bogdanov and features local performers and school children too. The event is divided into sections and tickets are available for each one (£25 for a 3 hour session - plus a 2 for 1 deal currently).
Highlights from the first three sessions (12 in all).
- Session 1, October 26, 11am to 1.45pm: Comedian Jo Brand officially launches Dylathon with the opening monologue from Thomas' most famous work, Under Milk Wood.
- Session 2 - October 26, 2pm to 4.45pm, Swansea Little Theatre will read an extract from Under Milk Wood. Casualty actress Suzanne Packer will read the short story Patricia, Edith and Arnold. Rugby legend JPR Williams will read from Deaths And Entrances.
- Session 3 - October 26, 5pm to 7.45pm, Robert Pugh will be read the short story, A Prospect of the Sea. There'll be an extract of Under Milk Wood from the cast of Keith Allen's new film version which stars Charlotte Church, Sara Lloyd-Gregory and Di Botcher. Nicholas Parsons will read Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.
Further session details are available at www.dylathon100.com.