Richard Burton to have Cardiff college theatre named after him

April 30, 2010


A college’s new 160-seat theatre is to be named after actor Richard Burton, the Prince of Wales has confirmed.

The Richard Burton Theatre is currently being built at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff.

The announcement was made at a royal gala at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the college’s 60th anniversary. […]

The theatre, complete with dress circle and teaching gallery, is part of a £22.5m capital development project which began construction in the summer of 2009 and is due for completion in the spring of 2011. […]

Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen on 10 November 1925, the 12th of 13 children. The Jenkins family was working class and Welsh speaking, and his father worked in the mines.

He had a talent for English and Welsh literature at school and was later adopted by his influential schoolmaster Philip Burton.

After serving in the Second World War as an RAF navigator he moved to London to find work as an actor.

His profile rose as he gave one acclaimed stage performance after another and after moving to Hollywood he established himself as a major force while continuing his well received theatre work.

In 1963 Burton starred as Mark Antony in the epic movie Cleopatra opposite Taylor in the title role and on set the two actors, both married to other people, fell in love. READ THE REST OF THE BBC ARTICLE HERE

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