Paradise Lost – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

From Press Release

One performer. One hour. One story you will never forget. Fresh from sold out runs and critical raves from the Edinburgh Fringe, New York Frigid Festival, Atlantic Fringe, and Just For Laughs’ Zoofest, Paul Van Dyck’s extraordinary retelling of the fall of Adam and Eve is like nothing you have ever seen.

Winner “Best Production” 

New York Frigid Festival & Atlantic Fringe Festival

Rabbit in a Hat Productions proudly presents John Milton’s PARADISE LOSTJuly 6-15 at the Toronto Fringe Festival. This new adaptation of the greatest epic poem ever written contains spellbinding puppetry, dazzling computer animation, and a hell of a lot of rock n’ roll.

“Charismatic and flawless” Three Weeks (Edinburgh)

The story begins moments after the battle of heaven, as Satan finds himself and his followers cast into hell. Full of rage at his banishment, Satan travels to the Garden of Eden to exact his revenge upon God’s new favourites: Adam and Eve.

“Strikes with the force of devilish revelation.” Montreal Gazette

Having amazed Milton scholars with presentations at McGill and Western UniversityParadise Lost has also enthralled audiences around the world who are experiencing the 17th century poem for the first time. While rooted in ancient mythologies, this story is widely accessible through the struggles of its characters, the disillusionment at the loss of innocence, and the redemption found in love and charity. Paradise Lost is a timeless metaphor for the human experience.

“I can say without qualification that this is the best theater that I have seen in a long time.” 

Cultural Capital (New York City)

Created, adapted, and performed by Toronto/Montreal actor/director/playwright Paul Van Dyck (2013 Shaw Festival, Neil Munro Intern Directors Project; Oroonoko – Winner: Best Director, Montreal English Theatre Awards; Revelation Award Winner – Montreal English Critic Theatre Awards), with CGI projections from Jeremy Eliosoff (principle animator on X-Men: Days of Future Past, 300, and Watchmen), puppets by Lynn Paquette (Founder/Artistic Director, Talisman Theatre; Stratford Festival) and lighting by Jody Burkholder (multi Montreal English Critic Theatre Award recipient).

  • Details
    • Paradise Lost plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. (16 Ryerson Ave.)
    • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
    • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
    • Content Warning: Sexual content.
    • This venue is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible seating is in the very front row.
    • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.


    • Friday July 6th, 8:00 pm
    • Saturday July 7th, 4:00 pm
    • Monday July 9th, 3:15 pm
    • Wednesday July 11th, 5:45 pm
    • Thursday July 12th, 12:00 pm
    • Saturday July 14th, 11:00 pm
    • Sunday July 15th, 3:15 pm

Photo by  Andrea Hausmann.