Written by: Gwynne Edwards
Directed by: Gareth Armstrong
Performed by: Rhodri Miles
WINNER OF “BEST INTERNATIONAL SHOW” AT THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL 2010.
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.
RHODRI MILES, (Game of Thrones, Eastern Promises, Atlantis) takes on the role of the younger BURTON and received critical acclaim at two Edinburgh Fringe Festivals (2009/2014) and also the Hollywood fringe festival 2010 where the play won ‘Best International’ show.
“Fantastic, the whole audience was in the palm of his hand from beginning to end” ★★★★★ – Edinburgh Guide
“Charming, Elegant one-man show which struggles to remove itself from the memory” ★★★★ -The Scotsman
“Welsh actor Rhodri Miles delivers a brilliant and gripping portrait” ★★★★★ – ‘Critics Choice-GO’ LA Weekly
“Clever, concise, alcoholically tragic and furtive storytelling” ★★★★★ – LA Theatre Review
“A masterful performance” – British theatre guide
BURTON runs 70 minutes with no interval
BIOG: Rhodri Miles – PERFORMER
Rhodri was born in Swansea and brought up in Pontarddulais. Before deciding to be an actor, Rhodri initially chose a career in the Metropolitan police force but left to pursue a career treading the boards rather than the beat. As a boy he regularly competed at the Welsh National Eisteddfod, winning first prize at recitation on ten occasions, including the blue ribbon chief recital competition at Neath National Eisteddfod in 1994, earning him a green robe for the arts in the Bardic circle. Having appeared on the Welsh language soap ‘Pobol Y Cwm’ for five years he returned to study acting in 1999 at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Since then his career credits include David Cronenburg’s ‘Eastern Promises’, Television work include ‘Holby City’, ‘Torchwood, Richard 11 – Hollow Crown Series, Atlantis and Game of Thrones. Theatre credits include Lodovico in Othello opposite ‘Wire’ actors Dominic West and Clarke Peters and directed by fellow Welshman Daniel Evans. For the last 5 years Rhodri has been touring his successful solo show ‘Burton’ about the life of Richard Burton which won‘ Best International show’ at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2010 and subsequently played to packed houses at the Edinburgh Fringe twice and at London’s St James theatre as part of its “Icon” season in 2015. Rhodri currently resides just outside Swansea, six miles away from the bithplace of Richard Burton.