A brand new dramatized re-telling of Milton’s epic poem about the fall of Man, with Milton as the narrator, adapted by one of the leading poets and thinkers of our generation: Michael Symmons Roberts.
Paradise Lost was first published in 1667, and tells the story of Satan’s plot to bring about the Fall of Man by tempting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. This brand new adaptation begins in the midst of the action and follows the exploits of a hero (or anti-hero), taking in warfare and the supernatural, and expressing the ideals and traditions of a people. Milton himself is the blind narrator grieving the loss of his wife, whose eyesight worsens as the drama develops.
The mid seventeenth-century was a time of great social and cultural turmoil; there was a series of political and military conflicts, and ideological questions were being raised about the nature of government and authority. Milton's response to what he perceived as the disintegration of society around him was to reach back to the very beginning of time to search for the events that had led to this political and social upheaval. His mission was to show not only what caused man's fall, but also the consequences upon the world, both bad and good.
Michael Symmons Roberts’ new adaptation of Paradise Lost is a gripping piece of storytelling that recalls the events that are turning our own political and social landscape upside down.
Starring Ian McKellen as Milton and Frances Barber as his wife, Elizabeth.
Approx. 2.5 hours
|Publisher:||B B C Worldwide Americas|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 5.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
John Milton studied at St Paul's School and then at Christ's College, Cambridge. He wrote poetry in Latin and Italian as well as English and travelled in Italy between 1638 and 1639. He married Mary Powell in 1642 but their relationship quickly broke down and they lived apart until 1645. They had four children, three daughters and a son who died in infancy. During the Interregnum after the execution of Charles I, Milton worked for the civil service and wrote pamphlets in support of the new republic. He also began work on his masterpiece, Paradise Lost, as early as 1642. His first wife died in 1652 and he married again in 1656, although his second wife died not long afterwards in 1658. When the monarchy was restored in 1660 Milton was arrested but was released with a fine. In 1663 he married his third wife, Elizabeth Minshull and he is also thought to have finished Paradise Lost in this same year. He published the companion poem, Paradise Regained, in 1671.