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Director Michael Bogdanov Dies, 78

Michael Bogdanov

Neath-born director was on holiday in Greece

Theatre director Michael Bogdanov has died of a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Greece.

He was born in Neath and played a huge part in the 2014 centenary celebrations of Dylan Thomas's birth.

He produced a 36-hour marathon reading of all of Dylan's work at the Grand Theatre.

He was also a patron of the International Dylan Thomas Prize and was due to attend the 2017 awards ceremony next month.

Geoff Haden, chairman of the Dylan Thomas Society, of which Bogdanov was a member, said: "Michael was a huge Dylan Thomas fan who promoted the works of the Welsh poet and writer all over the world.

"He was also a collector of Dylan memorabilia and produced his famous play for voices Under Milk Wood all over the word including a version in Japanese.

"On the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth in 2014 he produced a 36 hour reading of all of Dylan's work at the Grand Theatre in the poet's home city of Swansea. 
 
"This was an ambitious project that Michael had planned for years and it was a credit to his standing in the theatrical profession that he persuaded stars like Sir Ian McKellen, Sian Phillips and Nicholas Parsons to take part"
 
"He was also a patron of the International Dylan Thomas Prize in partnership with Swansea University and was due to attend the 2017 awards ceremony next month." 
 

 
 

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