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The best theatre in the UK this June

Ian McKellen returns as Hamlet—plus the family drama of Johann Sebastian Bach

By Michael Coveney  

Under Milk Wood Photo: National Theatre

Under Milk Wood, National Theatre, 16th June to 24th July

Dylan Thomas’s 1954 radio play has often been done on the stage, but perhaps never so poignantly as in this post-pandemic version of the small Welsh village of Llareggub (“Bugger all” backwards) awakening with a renewed sense of community. The audience may be socially distanced, but the Olivier auditorium is reconfigured in-the-round. The cast is led by Michael Sheen and Siân Phillips, veterans of the piece on radio, television and film. Director Lyndsey Turner has assembled a crack cast to revive our memories of Captain Cat, Dai Bread, Organ Morgan,…

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