Red Sky at Sunrise

A HAMBLETTS/SWAN PROJECTS PRODUCTION

Red Sky at Sunrise: Laurie Lee in Words & Music

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 RosieAs 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, Albeniz, Turina and De Falla. Featuring guitarist Mark Ashford performing Asturias, Sevilla and Spanish Romance.

Anton Lesser

Anton Lesser photographed by Lucy Barriball at the RSC

Charlie Hamblett by Lucy Barriball

Charlie Hamblett photographed by Lucy Barriball at the RSC

RED SKY TOUR DATES 2024:

SATURDAY 22 JUNE

PAINSWICK ROCOCO GARDEN

 

SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

BUXTON OPERA HOUSE

 

SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON

WEDNESDAY 25 & THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER, FRIDAY 27 SEPTMEBER

WILTON’S MUSIC HALL, LONDON

SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 

SAFFRON HALL

REVIEWS:

 

“Red Sky is a triumph…Anton Lesser and Charlie Hamblett deliver an astonishing performance, the two actors and their orchestra encompass Lee’s life completely. The unique use of Orchestra of the Swan is a brilliant and novel device.”

Isabel Raper, Ox in a Box

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Laurie Lee’s captivating trilogy is soulfully reimagined for the stage with an outstanding orchestral arrangement

Marie Ansdell, Youngish Perspective

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“The fusion of the spoken word with the musical arrangements worked to perfection and the credit has to go to Le Page and Shields for their skilful blending of word and music to provide Judy Reaves with such a dramatically satisfying production.”

Paul Clark, British Theatre Guide Review 

 

“The music had me vacillating wildly between happy thumpy heart and salty-teared chin-wobble.”

Gill Sutherland, Stratford Herald

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Photos by Lucy Barriball taken at the RSC May 2023

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