A STAGE portrait of Hollywood legend Richard Burton comes to The Civic in Barnsley this weekend.
Burton vividly presents the life of the great Welsh 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.
Actor Rhodri Miles trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has been a professional actor for over 15 years, featuring in the likes of David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, Game of Thrones and Atlantis on TV and appearing as Dylan Thomas in Clown in the Moon on stage.
“I’ve always wanted to play Richard Burton,” he said.
“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.”
Burton is at The Civic on Saturday at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions.
For more information and to book visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the box office on 01226 327000.