It is the late eighteenth century and on both sides of the Atlantic the world seems filled with exciting new possibilities for humanity: old yokes can at last be cast off, ancient hierarchies dissolved. Chief among those lighting the fire is the English radical Thomas Paine, a man of great compassion, brutal honesty and a political writer of genius. Whether answering the call of an America chafing under the tyranny of the British Crown, riding the storm of revolutionary France, or challenging a conservative backlash in Britain, Paine is at the heart of things, ardent in his search for love, passionate in his pursuit of liberty. The much loved and greatly respected writer Trevor Griffiths (Comedians, Reds) fills this moving story of the life and loves of the author of The Rights of Man
with songs, music and the huge carnival spirit of a world turned upside down. World Premiere. In association with Richard Attenborough.Performers John Light (Thomas Paine), Daniel Anthony, Keith Bartlett, Michael Benz, Philip Bird, Sophie Duval, Peter Gale, James Garnon, Gregory Gudgeon, Brendan Hughes, Sean Kearns, Jack Laskey, Trevor Martin, Jamie Parker, Julia Reinstein, Alix Riemer, Laura Rogers, Dominic Rowan, Ewart James Walters, Jade Williams.
Author Trevor Griffiths. Producer Globe Theatre. Director Dominic Dromgoole. Music Stephen Warbeck. Design Tim Shortall.