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Paradise Lost

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Theatre Comedy
“Brilliant. Irreverent, extremely funny and stingingly contemporary.” Toronto Star
  • By Erin Shields
  • Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley

NAC English Theatre Production

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Heaven and Hell are turned upside down in this retelling of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost by Governor General Award-winning playwright Erin Shields

Satan (Carmen Grant) and her army of dark angels have been expelled from Heaven and Satan is not happy. Learning that God (Gryffin Hanvett) has created a delicate new creature called “human,” she vows her revenge and escapes from Hell in order to undo all the Almighty has wrought, shrewdly navigating the sticky quagmire of free will. Never has the boss of the underworld been more ambitious or entertaining – or the line between good and evil been so unclear – as in this “funny, shocking, and thought-provoking” offering hailed by The Globe and Mail as one of the best new plays of 2018.

*Paradise Lost was originally commissioned and received its world premiere at the Stratford Festival, Ontario, Canada on August 17, 2018 in the Studio Theatre.  Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director and Anita Gaffney, Executive Director.

Performance is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission

  • Nudity
  • Mature themes
  • Sexual content


  • By Erin Shields
  • Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley
  • Featuring Zach Counsil, Maryse Fernandes, Christo Graham, Carmen Grant, Gryffin Hanvelt, Ryan G. Hinds, Gabrielle Lazarovitz, Nicholas Nahwegahbow, Manon St.-Jules, Kelly Van Der Burg, David Warburton
  • Assistant Director Sarah Finn
  • Set and Costume Designer Amy Keith
  • Lighting Designer Andrea Lundy
  • Sound Designer Michael Leon
  • Stage Manager Loreen Gibson
  • Assistant Stage Manager Jessica Pukay