by Jack Shepard
The Stage “a beautiful exploration”
The Arts Desk “compelling and persuasive”
“Before there is Revolution there must be Revelation”
“Under God the American people owe their liberty to Thomas Paine more than any other man.” George Washington
In Lambeth is set against a background of the French and American revolutions. Pursued through the streets of Lambeth by an anti-republican mob, Thomas Paine seeks sanctuary in the garden of William Blake and his wife Catherine only to find them naked up a tree reading Paradise Lost and communing with angels.
‘Out of their encounter, Shepherd’s play orchestrates a fascinating clash between two types of revolutionary: the idealistic visionary and the principled pragmatist.’ Paul Taylor, Independent
‘In his beautiful play… Shepherd has captured the essence of the men, and has found them a magical location and a good moment in history in which to meet.’ Time Out
‘Charm is not a quality one would immediately associate with either William Blake or Tom Paine, but Jack Shepherd’s play about a meeting between the two in 1791 has it in abundance.’ The Times
Please note that there is full-frontal nudity in this production.