The Stratford Festival Production

Paradise Lost

Written by Erin Shields
A theatrical adaptation of John Milton’s Paradise Lost
Directed by Jackie Maxwell
With Lucy Peacock, Amelia Sargisson, Qasim Khan

Satan is real and she’s on a mission to set the record straight. What really happened in the Garden?

January 14 - February 2, 2020
2 hours 40 minutes
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Extremely funny and stingingly contemporary
Toronto Star
Erin Shields is a Governor General’s Award-winning Playwright (If We Were Birds)
Erin Shields’s exciting new interpretation of Milton’s Paradise Lost takes an ultra-contemporary look at humanity’s age-old desire for free will – and the consequences of acting on it
Antoni Cimolino, Artistic Director, Stratford Festival



In the role of a lifetime written especially for her, Canadian stage icon Lucy Peacock is Satan … as we’ve never seen Satan before. Seductive in snakeskin and as slick as a hi-tech guru, she makes a case for her unfair expulsion from heaven in this amusing and highly theatrical adaptation of Milton’s epic poem. Richly infused with modern references and contemporary vernacular, Erin Shields’ witty script deftly highlights the original poem’s timeless potency and relevance. Centaur’s production features an outstanding Montreal cast of biblical stars that includes an unforgettable Amelia Sargisson as Eve, Michelle Rambharose in polar opposite role of Beelzebub, Marcel Jeanin as God, and Gabriel Lemire as His Son. Extremely physical and fiercely engaging, Paradise Lost is a modern ‘classical’ masterpiece.


Lucy Peacock
Amelia Sargisson
Qasim Khan
Patrick Émmanuel Abellard
Rebecca Gibian
Al Goulem
Marcel Jeannin
Gabriel Lemire
Michelle Rambharose
Julie Tamiko Manning
Jake Wilkinson
Production photos of Stratford play production Paradise Lost.

Creative Team

Director Jackie Maxwell
Designer Judith Bowden
Lighting Designer Bonnie Beecher
Sound Designer & Composer Thomas Ryder Payne
Associate Sound Designer Deanna Haewon Choi
Dramaturge Bob White
Fight Director John Stead
Movement Director Valerie Moore
Original Casting Director Beth Russell
Assistant Director Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha


Enrich your Experience

Pre-show Convo

January 16, 2020

Jackie Maxwell, Valerie Moore and Erin Shields will join Eda Holmes for the Paradise Lost Pre-Show Convo. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the ever expanding techniques that create mood, amplify emotions, and add depth to a play and its characters. Meet the set, costume, lighting, and sound designers who give the play […]

Saturday Salon

January 18, 2020

Theatre is about exchange, apropos for a theatre born in the country’s first Stock Exchange. On select Saturday afternoons, join Centaur Artistic and Executive Director, Eda Holmes, and her special guests as they break through the fourth wall to connect theatre lovers with theatre makers. Free and held in the main floor gallery following the […]

Sunday Chat-up

January 19, 2020

Join Lucinda Chodan, Editor in Chief of Montreal Gazette as she speaks with Dr Ildikó Glaser-Hille about Satan as a social actor throughout History, as well as in modern society. Find out what the different depictions of the Devil can actually reveal about the people who created this powerful symbol.


January 23, 2020

Following the performance, you are invited to stay for informal Q&A sessions with the artists. Held in the theatre after select Thursday evening or Sunday matinée presentations. • Thursday January 23 • Sunday January 26