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Tom Jones for Under Milk Wood TV Production

1 of 1 Tom Jones honours his compatriot in a TV production of Under Milk Wood, along with Katherine Jenkins, Michael Sheen and Sian Philips
Tom Jones honours his compatriot in a TV production of Under Milk Wood, along with Katherine Jenkins, Michael Sheen and Sian Philips

Tom Jones, Sian Phillips and Michael Sheen will take part in a new BBC Wales TV adaptation of Dylan Thomas's play Under Milk Wood in early May 

The locations will include the poet's favourite pubs in New York and Wales where, over the course of a decade, he wrote Under Milk Wood, his classic "play for voices" 

Next month's TV production marks the centenary of Swansea-born Thomas's birth and 60 years since the play's BBC radio play debut. Under Milk Wood is set in the fictional Welsh village of Llareggub. It was subsequently adapted as a stage play, and an opera. The film version in 1972 starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Jones will play the role of Captain Cat. Martin Sheen will be among several famous names playing First and Second Voice, including Matthew Rhys, Griff Rhys Jones and John Rhys Davies.

Jonathan Pryce will star alongside Sian Phillips as Mr and Mrs Pugh. Singers Katherine Jenkins and Charlotte Church will play Polly Garter and Mrs Ogmore Pritchard respectively.

Ioan Gruffudd will play Mog Edwards while the Rev Eli Jenkins will be portrayed by opera star Bryn Terfel.

 "It was wonderful to be involved in a project celebrating such a great Welshman, "Katherine Jenkins declared. "It's also been such a joy to collaborate with so many other Welsh artists whom I respect and admire. I hope the results are a fitting tribute."

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