Red Sky at Sunrise: Promoters


Red Sky at Sunrise: Laurie Lee’s extraordinary story, told in a captivating weave of music and his own words.

Devised as a show by Judy Reaves, the text by Laurie Lee has been adapted by Deirdre Shields. David Le Page, Artistic Director of the Orchestra of The Swan, has devised a 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, Albéniz, Turina and de Falla.

Featuring Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall, Endeavour) and Charlie Hamblett (Killing Eve, The Burning Girls, Ghosts), guitarist Mark Ashford, violinist David Le Page and Orchestra of the Swan.

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

Isabel Raper, Ox in a Box


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

Gill Sutherland, Stratford Herald

“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