CHRISTMAS is coming early to Llanelli with a double bill of two of Wales's festive favourites.
A Child's Christmas in Wales and A Christmas Story will both be performed at the Glenalla Civic Hall on December 12.
Dylan Thomas's beloved play and Richard Burton's festive story have been adapted for the stage by Adrian Metcalfe, and will be presented by the Lighthouse Theatre Company with the Llanelli District Music and Drama Club.
The evening will be presented in two sections, with A Child's Christmas in Wales during part one, and A Christmas Story in part two.
Llanelli club secretary Anne-Marie Marks said: "We do hope that as many as possible can attend as it will be a delightful evening of nostalgia of how we in Wales used to celebrate Christmas." The shows' main roles will be taken on by experienced performer Mr Metcalfe and fellow actor Rhodri Miles. Mr Metcalfe has worked in repertory and touring theatre since graduating from Cambridge University in 1993. Since then, he has appeared in the London production of Under Milk Wood directed by Anthony Hopkins, worked extensively in Europe and the USA, and appeared on S4C.
He said: "The two men who wrote the pieces were very good friends.
"Burton idolised Thomas so the story is a homage to him as much as his own lifestyle. The show consists of narrated monologues in part one and two. It has been very well received by those who have seen it so far.
"In Welsh eyes Dylan Thomas created Christmas with his work.
"It is very festive and jolly and is a feel good piece. I think it will be a great night."
His fellow cast member Mr Miles is also a familiar face on S4C having appeared on Pobol y Cwm for over six years. Other television roles have included Holby City, Torchwood, High Hopes and Caerdydd to name but a few. He has also appeared extensively in theatres across the country. The show's music has been composed Robert Mitchell, who studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has since been in constant demand as a soloist.
Concerto performances include festivals dedicated to the composers Bartok, Stravinsky, Chopin, and many more across Swansea, Carmarthen, Margam, Neath and Cardiff festivals.
The highly acclaimed show will be taking place at 7.30pm on December 12 at the venue.
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