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Becoming Richard Burton

Going back to the beginning to tell the story of Richard Burton, a national and international star of stage and screen

A brand new exhibition will follows the remarkable story of how Richard Jenkins from Pontrhydyfen and Taibach, Port Talbot became Richard Burton – the international star of stage and screen.

Becoming Richard Burton, which opens 4 April 2020 at National Museum Cardiff, will feature Burton’s diaries, papers and personal objects on display for the public for the very first time. The items have been loaned to the museum by the Richard Burton Archives at Swansea University.

His earliest diary, written as a fourteen-year-old schoolboy at the beginning of the Second World War, gives a glimpse into his teenage life in Port Talbot and presents the people and places that had a profound influence on Richard’s journey.

Other highlight objects loaned for the exhibition include costumes worn by Burton on stage in the Shakespearean performances that launched his career and later as Hollywood star in Cleopatra, the film that changed his life.

At the height of his fame Burton was constantly in the spotlight and often misunderstood in the press. Through his personal diaries and papers this exhibition will reveal the man behind the headlines – Richard Burton the husband, father, reader, writer and passionate Welshman.

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