Red Sky at Sunrise

Live at the RSC

We are delighted to announce that we will be opening the ‘Live at the RSC Festival’; a festival of live comedy and music that is set to return to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre this May.

We will be performing Red Sky at Sunrise: Laurie Lee in Words & Music on Wednesday 31 May 2023, is an extraordinary journey through Laurie Lee’s much-loved trilogy, Cider with Rosie, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, and A Moment of War.

We will be joined by Anton Lesser and Charlie Hamblett who will both be playing Laurie Lee. Lee’s story is told in a captivating weave of music and his own words, from growing up in Gloucestershire, to fighting with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War.

The Live at the RSC festival will also include appearances from British Comedy award-winning ventriloquist Nina Conti, award-winning comedian Mark Watson and more.

The Royal Shakespeare Company has released further details of its upcoming Summer 2023 programme which features four vivid and ambitious new play commissions, running in the Swan Theatre from July. 

Charlie Hamblett Anton Lester and David Le Page at Laurie Lee's Woolpack
Anton Lesser and Charlie Hamblett join the Swans for Red Sky at Sunrise at the Live at the RSC Festival this May.

Two world stage premieres, a new co-commission with Watford Palace Theatre and HOME Manchester, and a timely revival of a 21st century classic are brought sharply into focus in 2023. These four plays offer fresh and, at times, radical new perspectives on well-known stories and the pervading political and cultural narratives that surround them.
The news follows the announcement of the re-opening of the Swan Theatre from 1 April 2023 with the world-premiere stage production of Hamnet, based on the award-winning novel by Maggie O’Farrell, adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by RSC Acting Artistic Director, Erica Whyman. Ticket availability for this production is now extremely limited.
The Company also announced the full performance schedule for its upcoming productions of As You Like It directed by Omar Elerian and Macbeth directed by Wils Wilson which will run in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from Saturday 17 June – Saturday 5 August and Saturday 19 August – Saturday 14 October consecutively. They will be joined by the previously announced Hamlet, chosen by Next Generation Act, the RSC’s young company for talented young people from across the country from backgrounds under-represented in the arts. Hamlet, directed by Paul Ainsworth, will run in The Other Place from Friday 28 – Saturday 29 July 2023.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 11 April at 10am so watch this space!