Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tom Paine Remembered - 8 June Old Red Lion London


Readings and Discussion to mark the 200th anniversary of Tom Paine’s death

9 – 10.30pm, Monday 8th June 2009, Old Red Lion Theatre, Angel, London.

With Tony Benn, sculptor Michael Sandle, publisher Tony Simpson, musician Elizabeth Green and Neil Sheppeck of Love and Madness Theatre, alongside contributions from actor and playwright Jack Shepherd and writer Mike Marqusee.


An intimate event, on the 200th anniversary itself of Tom Paine's death, to celebrate and discuss the enduring legacy of one of the most influential radical writers and thinkers in history, at Islington's Old Red Lion Theatre, where Paine actually wrote some of his profoundly important work The Rights of Man.

Featuring a rehearsed reading, directed by and featuring Neil Sheppeck of Love and Madness Theatre, of Jack Shepherd’s play In Lambeth, imagining a meeting between William Blake and Tom Paine.


Tickets: £7, £5 (concs. Please provide or bring evidence when booking).

Box Office: 020 7837 7816;

Note: there is a strictly limited capacity. Please book early and arrive promptly.

Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London, EC1V 4NJ.


Spokesman Books will run a bookstall featuring:

These Are The Times: A Life of Thomas Paine - an original screenplay by Trevor Griffiths, which follows Tom Paine from persecution in England, to the American War of Independence, to Revolutionary France. It has recently been adapted for theatre and A New World makes its world premiere at Shakespeare's Globe later this year (29th August - 9th October).

Thomas Paine: In Search of the Common Good - edited by Joyce Chumbley & Leo Zonneveld, includes a photo tour in the footsteps of Tom Paine.

And, the new issue of
The Spokesman, featuring Peter Linebaugh's article, Tom Paine ... Two, Three, Many Revolutions, which picks up where President Obama left off in the unattributed quotations from Thomas Paine that concluded his inaugural address in January.

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