John Light stars in A New World
(© Graham Jepson)
John Light stars in A New World
(© Graham Jepson)
Full casting has been announced for the world premiere production of Trevor Griffiths' A New World - A Life of Thomas Paine at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, August 29-October 9, with an opening scheduled for September 3.

Directed by the theater's artistic director Dominic Dromgoole, A New World was initially commissioned as a screenplay by Richard Attenborough (who is an associate on the production), and was first heard as a radio drama last year, starring Jonathan Pryce as the famous 18th century revolutionary. The stage production, which runs as part of the Globe's Young Hearts season, features original music by Oscar winning composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love) and is designed by Tim Shortall.

In addition to the previously announced John Light, who will play the title role, the cast will include Daniel Anthony (Will), Keith Bartlett (Franklin), Michael Benz (Peter/ Short/John Jay), Philip Bird (Dickenson/Bell/Burke/Aitken), Sophie Duval (Ma Downey/Swedish woman), Peter Gale (Morris/Barker), James Garnon (Sam Adams/Danton), Gregory Gudgeon (Smith/Buck/Marat/Cloots), Brendan Hughes (Rittenhouse/Silas Deane/Lafayette), Sean Kearns (Gouverneur Morris/Joseph), Jack Laskey (Anderson/ De Bonneville/Monroe), Trevor Martin (Swedish man), Jamie Parker (Gottschalk/Jefferson/Matlack), Julia Reinstein (Lotte), Alix Riemer (Carnet), Laura Rogers (Marthe), Dominic Rowan (Washington), Ewart James Walters (Sailor/Guard/mourner), and Jade Williams (Philly/Mrs Monroe).

For further information, visit www.shakespeares-globe.org.