LAURIE Lee’s Cider with Rosie at The Swan theatre in Worcester later this month, is an autobiographical account of Lee’s childhood in rural Gloucestershire.

A new stage adaptation by Daniel O’Brien, directed by Abigail Anderson, follows Lee through his childhood in the years after the First World War.

The show provides an insight into a young boy’s experiences in the village of Slad, introducing characters such as the tyrannical teacher Old Crabby and the 14-year-old giant Spadge Hopkins.

As Lee moves into adolescence, both a girl named Rosie and his first tastes of cider introduce him to his first loves.

The audience will be drawn into the dramas of a young boy and the gradual breakdown of rural England as it, along with Lee, are forced into a more modern time.

The production marks the return of actor Anthony Eden to his home territory. Anthony was raised in Worcester and began his acting career when he played the role of the Milkybar Kid.

Tickets cost £16, £14 concessions, from 01905 611427.