Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Sherman Theatre are proud to announce the full cast and creative team for the world premiere performances of Daf James’s new play Tylwyth – a witty and compelling new play that reunites the much-loved characters of the award-winning Llwyth. The premiere performances will take place at Sherman Theatre before touring to theatres across Wales during March and April 2020. The full tour dates are shown below.
Tylwyth sees the return of Simon Watts, Danny Grehan and Michael Humphreys to their original roles, alongside three new cast members: Arwel Davies, Aled ap Steffan and Martin Thomas. The play is written by the award-winning Daf James and will be directed by BAFTA winner Arwel Gruffydd. Tom Rogers – who designed Llwyth – will return to the world of its characters to design the set and costumes for Tylwyth; Tom’s recent West End credits include 9 to 5 The Musical, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ and the upcoming Pretty Woman. Ceri James is the lighting designer for Tylwyth; Ceri is currently working on Frân Wen’s Llyfr Glas Nebo and his past credits include the spectacular lightshow during Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected. Sound designer Sam Jones also joins the creative team; he has previously worked with both companies on Powderhouse’s production of Saethu Cwningod / Shooting Rabbits, as well as presenting work at London’s National Theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on national and international tours.
Arwel Gruffydd, Artistic Director of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and the director of both Llwyth and Tylwyth, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to re-visit the characters of Llwyth once more, and as a company, we’re pleased to be working again with some of the actors from that original production, as well as co-producing once more with the amazing Sherman Theatre. We’re also very happy to welcome some brilliant new members to the ’tribe’ and are super excited about starting rehearsals in February. Llwyth was such an overwhelming experience for me as a director ten years ago; I never imagined that it would have such a response and impact on the Welsh theatre scene. Although obviously a follow-on from Llwyth, Tylwyth is an astounding play in its own right, and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to work again with Daf James in presenting his latest offering to Welsh audiences. I have no doubt that we’re about to embark, yet again, on one hell of a roller-coaster!”
Sherman Theatre’s new Artistic Director, Joe Murphy, said: “I could not be more excited to be co-producing Tylwyth with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. Daf James has written a hilarious, heartbreaking and thought provoking play that I think will have audiences crying and laughing in the aisles. Plays like this one are exactly what Sherman Theatre is about: thrilling and moving nights out that tell local stories with universal relevance.”
Simon Watts – originally from Ammanford – will return to the role of Aneurin, having won a Wales Theatre Award for his outstanding performance in the original production of Llwyth; Simon has worked extensively in theatre and television, including the RSC’s The Two Gentlemen Of Verona and the BAFTA award-winning series Deian a Loli. Tonyrefail’s Danny Grehan will reprise the role of Dada; Danny is a familiar face in Welsh theatre and television, including Wales Theatre Company’s The Thorn Birds and S4C’s Pobol y Cwm among others. Michael Humphreys also returns to the cast as Gareth; originally from Treharris, Michael has performed in many shows, including both national and international tours of National Theatre’s War Horse. Arwel Davies joins the cast as Rhys; Arwel - originally from Meinciau, Pontyates – plays series regular, Eifion Rowlands, in Pobol y Cwm. Joining the cast as Gavin is Aled ap Steffan; originally from Ammanford, Aled is about to be seen in the major new HBO/SKY drama series Gangs of London and recently appeared in Papertrail and Sherman Theatre’s A Night in the Clink. Martin Thomas also joins the cast as new character, Dan; originally from Deiniolen, Martin has appeared in a number of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru productions including Macbeth, Nansi, Blodeuwedd and La Primera Cena and his television credits include S4C’s 35 Diwrnod and Rownd a Rownd.