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Red Sky At Sunrise

17 February @ 7.30pm to 9.40pm

Beaumont Street
Oxford, OX1 2LW United Kingdom
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01865 305305
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About Red Sky At Sunrise

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.

The role of Laurie Lee is shared by Anton Lesser and Charlie Hamblett. Anton Lesser has played many principal roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company and is best known for his roles in Game of Thrones, The Crown, Wolf Hall and Endeavour.Charlie Hamblett made his debut at the RSC in Michael Boyd’s production of Richard III, which led to a career in theatre, film and TV, including Killing Eve, Around the World in Eighty Days, Ghosts and The Secret Agent.

Devised as a show by Judy Reaves, the text by Laurie Lee has been adapted by Deirdre Shields. 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.

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

Starring Anton Lesser and Charlie Hamblett.


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



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Booking information

Age guidance: 12+

130 minutes, including an interval.

About Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce several live performances and feature a rich array of British and international dramas, family entertainment, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry.

The Playhouse not only produces and tours its own theatrical productions, but it also fosters creativity through its Artists in Residence program and the Playhouse Plays Out series, which brings unique events to various locations across the county.

The theatre’s Participation Team engages over 15,000 individuals annually, offering an extensive range of activities, including post-show discussions, workshops, work experience opportunities, holiday programs, a youth theatre, and a company for young performers.

Oxford Playhouse stands dedicated to its mission of being a Playhouse for all, striving to ignite inspiration and bring about transformative experiences through its commitment to creativity on its stages, within its community and online.

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