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Red Sky at Sunrise

September 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Red Sky at Sunrise laurie lee in words and music

Red Sky at Sunrise: Laurie Lee in Words & Music

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Sunday 22 September 2024, 7:30pm 

Tickets: from £15 

"Red Sky is a triumph, its understated theatricality allowing this musically accompanied autobiography to truly resonate."

Laurie Lee’s extraordinary story, told in a captivating weave of music and his own words.

Red Sky at Sunrise follows Laurie Lee through his much-loved trilogy, Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, and A Moment of War, when Lee famously walked out of the Slad valley one midsummer morning, and ended up fighting with the International Brigades against Franco’s forces in the Spanish Civil War.

Two of our best-loved actors, Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall, Endeavour) and Charlie Hamblett (Killing Eve, Ghosts, The Burning Girls) play the role of Laurie Lee older and younger, along with a rich array of other characters. Together, they celebrate Lee’s engaging humour, as well as his darker side, in a performance that has startling resonance with modern events.

Devised as a show by Judy Reaves, the text by Laurie Lee has been adapted by Deirdre Shields. The Swan’s artistic Director David Le Page has devised a gorgeous musical programme that weaves around Lee’s writing, from the lush Gloucestershire countryside Lee made famous in Cider With Rosie, to the dry landscapes of Spain, via the music of Vaughan Williams, Walton, Holst, Elgar, Britten, Grainger, Albéniz, Turina and De Falla. Featuring guitarist Mark Ashford performing Asturias, Sevilla and Spanish Romance.


Vaughan WilliamsFantasia on Greensleeves
ElgarChanson de Matin
Holst St Paul’s Suite ‘Jig’
Britten Simple Symphony ‘Playful Pizzicato’
Percy GraingerLondonderry Air
RossiniWilliam Tell Overture
WaltonTouch her soft lips and part
ElgarThe Spanish Lady ‘Adagio’
ElgarSerenade ‘Allegro Piacevole’
AlbénizAsturias (Solo Guitar)
TurinaPrayer of the Bullfighter (Part 1)
BizetHabanera (Carmen)
Trad. arr. Le PageDeath & the Lady
Trad.Spanish Romance
BrittenSimple Symphony – III Sentimental Sarabande
De FallaDanse Espangnole
TurinaPrayer of the Bullfighter (Part 3)
Pierre de Geyter arr. Le Page‘The Internationale’
De FallaNana
Trad. arr. Le PageLord Bateman
WaltonDeath of Falstaff
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves
Anton Lesser

Anton Lesser in Red Sky at Sunrise at the RSC May 23 photographed by Lucy Barriball

Date and Time

Sunday 22 September, 2024 


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Royal & Derngate
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Anton Lesser
Charlie Hamblett
Charlie Hamblett
Mark Ashford Guitar
Mark Ashford