★★★★ (OUT OF FOUR) “PEACOCK IS MAGNETIZING”
by Erin ShieldsA theatrical adaptation of John Milton’s Paradise Lost Director Jackie MaxwellWorld première commissioned by the Stratford Festival
THE DEVIL WEARS SNAKESKIN.
Inspired by John Milton’s epic poem of the cosmic battle between good and evil, Satan’s revenge and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, this ultra-contemporary new drama is fiercely engaging, irreverently funny and deeply moving.
This production draws on creative learning and development fostered in the Stratford Festivalʼs Laboratory.
Please be advised that there is a brief instance
of full nudity in this production.
House Program: Paradise Lost
Support for the 2018 season of the Studio Theatre is generously provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado.
2018 publicity photography by Clay Stang – The Garden
2018: Juno in The Tempest, Volumnia in Coriolanus and Satan in Paradise Lost. 31 seasons at Stratford Festival including Agave/Bakkhai, Maria/Twelfth Night, Kate Keller/All My Sons, Mary Stuart/Mary Stuart, Gunhilde/John Gabriel Borkman, Mrs. Hardcastle/She Stoops to Conquer, Judith Bliss/Hay Fever, Mrs. Sullen/The Beaux' Stratagem, Elora/The Thrill, Masha/Three Sisters, Dolly/Hello, Dolly!, Anna/The King and I, Nana/For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Rosalind, Viola, Portia, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Desdemona, the Duchess of Malfi, Late Night with Lucy. Elsewhere: Winnie/Happy Days (National Theatre School), Paulina/Winter's Tale, Duchess/Measure for Measure (Groundling Theatre), Queen Lear (University of Northern Colorado). Training: National Theatre School. Et cetera: Author of Limericks by Lucy Peacock as the Duchess of Malfi: Written as She Lay Dead on the Stage.
2018: Duke in The Comedy of Errors and God the Father in Paradise Lost. 16th season. Stratford: Romeo and Juliet, Treasure Island, The Breathing Hole, A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Henry V, Much Ado, The Misanthrope, Twelfth Night, Kiss Me, Kate, Evita, Bartholomew Fair, Three Sisters, All's Well, Shrew, As You Like It, Hamlet, Dracula, Dream, Man of La Mancha. Elsewhere: Nine (Podium Concerts); The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Bob Kills Theatre); Cabaret, Philadelphia Story, Light in the Piazza (Shaw); Madonna Painter (Factory); New Brain, Piazza (Acting Up Stage); It's a Wonderful Life, Goodnight Desdemona, Much Ado (Canadian Stage); Cymbeline, The Three Musketeers, Hecuba (Chicago Shakespeare); Blithe Spirit, An Ideal Husband (Citadel); Love's Labour's Lost (NAC); The Producers (Mirvish). Film/TV: Reign, Finn on the Fly, Republic of Love, What's Up Warthogs, The Border, Roxy Hunter. Training: BFA, U of A. Awards: Dora, Gemini, Jeff, Ovation, Carbonell.
2018: James Tyrone Jr. in Long Day's Journey Into Night and God the Son in Paradise Lost. 12th season. Stratford (selected): Pentheus (Bakkhai), Laurent (Tartuffe), Fabian (Twelfth Night), Biondello (The Taming of the Shrew), Williams (Possible Worlds), Scrub (The Beaux' Stratagem), Andrei (Three Sisters), Apollodorus (Caesar and Cleopatra), Roderigo (Othello) and Flaminius (Timon of Athens). Elsewhere: A&R Angels (Crow's Theatre); Pride and Prejudice, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); A Doll's House (Montgomery/TNB). Film/TV: Dmitri in the award-winning miniseries Fargo (Season 1; Best Miniseries: Emmy, Golden Globe), Suits, Republic of Doyle, The Ron James Show, Warehouse 13, Lost Girl. Training: National Theatre School of Canada; Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award (2003, 2007), John Hirsch Award (2004) and the inaugural recipient of the Richard Monette Travel Grant (2009).
2018: Belial, Raphael in Paradise Lost and understudy in Long Day's Journey Into Night. Eighth season. Stratford: Timon of Athens, The Changeling, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Bartholomew Fair, Shakespeare's Universe. Elsewhere: Jerusalem (Outside the March/Company Theatre); Silence, Art (Grand Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre); Hound of the Baskervilles, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); The Castle (Storefront); Pitmen Painters, Boeing Boeing (Theatre Aquarius); Vigil, Lawrence and Holloman (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Having Hope at Home (Neptune); Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Hartford Stage); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/NAC); The Lonely Diner (Blyth Festival); Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night (NAC); Macbeth, Othello (NAC/Citadel); The Elephant Man, Heaven (Canadian Stage); The Real Thing (RMTC); Einstein's Gift (Citadel). Online: michaelspencerdavis.com.
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