THE first annual lecture in Port Talbot in memory of Richard Burton is expected to have a big turnout, according to joint organiser Hywel Francis, the MP for Aberavon.
It will take place tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 4).
“The Richard Burton Lecture by National Theatre Wales director John McGrath has attracted a lot of interest locally,” said Dr Francis.
“There is a deep local pride in our first great star, Richard Burton, and I am sure many will come simply to honour him.
“But many will also come to hear about the achievements of our most recent star, Michael Sheen, and the outstanding success of his play The Passion last Easter, which was the climax of the National Theatre Wales’s first year of existence.”
Mr McGrath will speak about National Theatre Wales’s journey “from Blackwood to Brecon to Port Talbot’s Passion”.
“Many people who participated in The Passion will be present, including members of the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre, who will give a short performance of their work,” added Dr Francis.
Dr Francis is Chair of the Richard Burton Advisory Board and joint organiser of the event with Daniel Williams of Swansea University.
The lecture will take place from 6pm in the Princess Royal Theatre. Richard Burton’s widow, Sally, who has endowed the lecture, will be present.
All are welcome and entry is free.