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Special Exhibition: Becoming Richard Burton

National Museum Cardiff
21 November 2020 – 3 October 2021, Please note: This exhibition closes at 4.00pm
Cost Free entry
Suitability All
Booking Exhibition tickets must be booked in advance along with a general admission ticket to the Museum
Becoming Richard Burton
Richard Burton as a young man

Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University

This brand new exhibition follows the remarkable story of how Richard Jenkins, the boy from Pontrhydyfen and Tai-bach, Port Talbot, became Richard Burton, the international star of stage and screen.

The exhibition features Burton’s diaries, papers and personal objects – displayed for the first time – from the Richard Burton Archives held 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 a 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.

To accompany the physical exhibition, we have created a digital platform that will be updated with key stories and items on a regular basis. Check it out now




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