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Red Sky at Sunrise

Laurie Lee in Words & Music, featuring Anton Lesser, co-produced by Orchestra of the Swan and Hambletts

Tickets £30

Starring Anton Lesser and Charlie Hamblett

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. David Le Page, artistic director of Orchestra of the Swan, 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.

We are also delighted to welcome back guitarist Mark Ashford who will regale us with renditions of Asturias, Sevilla and Spanish Romance.

  • Anton Lesser


  • Charlie Hamblett


  • Mark Ashford


Additional Information


Actors: Anton Lesser, Charlie Hamblett
Guitar: Mark Ashford
Violin/Director of Orchestra of the Swan: David Le Page
Co produced by Orchestra of the Swan and Hambletts


Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Elgar Chanson du Matin
Holst St Paul’s Suite ‘Jig’
Britten Simple Symphony ‘Playful Pizzicato’
Holst St Paul’s Suite ‘Finale’
Percy Grainger Londonderry Air
Walton Two Pieces from Henry V ‘Touch her soft lips and part’
Elgar The Spanish Lady Suite ‘Adagio’
Elgar Serenade ‘Allegro’
Albeniz Asturias (Solo Guitar)
Turina Prayer of the Bullfighter (part 1)
Bizet Habanera (Carmen)
Albeniz Sevilla
Trad arr. Le Page Death & the Lady


Sarasate Playera
Turina Prayer of the Bullfighter (part 2)
Anon Spanish Romance
Britten Simple Symphony, Op. 4 - III Sentimental Sarabande
De Falla Danse Espangnole
Turina Prayer of the Bullfighter (part 3)
International Communist Anthem
De Falla Nana
Trad arr. Le Page Lord Bateman
Walton Two Pieces from Henry V ‘The Death of Falstaff
Vaughan Williams Greensleeves