Shakespeare's Globe

A New World [2009]

Written by: Trevor Griffiths
Directed by: Dominic Dromgoole

'We have it in our power to begin the world over again’
Thomas Paine's
Common Sense, 1776, referenced in Barack Obama's inauguration speech, 2009.

In the late eighteenth century the English radical Thomas Paine revolutionised the world with words that continue to shape our lives today. A New World brings to life a world turned upside down by notions of freedom and liberty. American independence and French revolution, battlefields and bedrooms, prisons and printing presses are all brought to the Globe stage in this compelling story of a remarkable man.

This world premiere celebrates the life and loves of Thomas Paine with songs, music and a huge carnival spirit. The much-acclaimed writer Trevor Griffiths is best known for his landmark play Comedians and Oscar-nominated screenplay Reds.

In association with Richard Attenborough.


  • Designer Tim Shortall
  • Composer Stephen Warbeck


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