Paradise Lost

By John Milton

Adapted, Directed, and Performed by Paul Van Dyck


A one-man, multi-media, hour long theatrical adaptation of John Milton’s epic 17th century poem of the same title.

It involves puppets, computer animation, and a Rock ’n’ Roll soundscape. This blend of classic theatrical techniques, cutting edge technology, and the greatest epic poem ever written has resulted in a breathtaking theatrical experience that has garnered awards and acclaim in Canada and abroad.


Winner “Best of the Festival Award” & “Sold Out Award” Frigid Festival, New York City

Winner “Best of the Festival Award” & “Fringe Hit Award” Atlantic Fringe Festival, Halifax 

Nominated “Best Text” & “Best Lighting” Montreal English Critics Circle Awards

Winner Paul Van Dyck “Revelation of the Year” Montreal English Critics Circle Awards


5 STARS - Winnipeg Free Press

4 STARS - BroadwayBaby (Edinburgh)

4 STARS - Plays to See (Edinburgh)


“Inspired… Intense… It’s great!” 

Jeanette Kelly – Homerun, CBC Radio


“Paul Van Dyck has come up with a dazzling new solo performance art piece that strikes with the force of devilish revelation… Judging from his virtuoso performance in Paradise Lost, Van Dyck's career is about to take flight.”  Pat Donnelly - The Montreal Gazette


“Van Dyck and his team spice it up… It’s a very ambitious production that is not as much about entertainment as it is about serious theatre.” 

Julia Gerke - The Suburban (Montreal)


“Van Dyck’s take on Paradise Lost stays the epic course.” 

Brett Hooton – Montreal Hour


“How many one-man plays can boast impressive CGI, puppets and a 

bona fide script by John Milton?”  Christopher Olson – The Link (Montreal)


“The Rolling Stones might be the first kings of rock and roll, but after seeing Paul Van Dyck's adaptation of epic poem Paradise Lost, there's no doubt that Satan is the original rock star” 

Emily Manuel - The Concordia Online (Montreal)


“Let's hope Van Dyck comes back to New York lots of times… Van Dyck works theatrical magic with utmost simplicity. He is absolutely a young artist to watch.” 

Martin Denton -


“Sexy, sinful fun… Van Dyck transforms this classic work with just a small stage and minimal props, giving testament to his undeniable talent.” 

Adrienne Urbanski – Theatre is Easy (NYC)


“Expertly performed, directed and adapted by Paul Van Dyck. I would definitely strongly recommend Van Dyck’s adaptation of Paradise Lost for anyone wanting to see a truly personal and powerful interpretation of this classic.” 

Stephen Tortora-Lee - The Happiest Medium (NYC)


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

W. Kenton - Cultural Capital (NYC)


“Van Dyck's Paradise Lost celebrates theatricality… I highly recommend that you see this play while you can, and I hope we will be seeing more of Paul Van Dyck and this inspired show.”  

Byrne Harrison - (NYC)


“Van Dyck relates Milton’s poem as though 17th Century English were his native tongue… This beautifully artful adaptation is nothing short of magic.” 

Amanda Campbell – TWISI: The Way I See It Theatre Blog (Halifax)


“A stirring, visually-astounding, memorable piece of theatre that I predict 

will be among the best Fringe plays I see—ever.” 

Kate Watson - The Coast (Halifax)


“It’d be a sin to miss Paradise Lost.”  Stephen Cooke - The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) 


“A charismatic and flawless rendition of the material.”  

James McColl - Three Weeks (Edinburgh)


“Paul Van Dyck brings imagination and passion to this polished one-man telling of John Milton's Paradise Lost. Using puppetry, computer visuals, music and an incredible variety of voices, he is a masterful storyteller who makes Milton's 17th century epic accessible and relevant.” 


Alice Quine - BroadwayBaby (Edinburgh)


“Stunning.” 4 STARS 

Emma Hardy - Plays to See (Edinburgh)


“Brilliant…one of this year’s must-sees at the fringe… The puppet show’s jaw-dropping, multi-layered imagery also speaks to the omnipresent temptation of technology in today’s digital world, that’s become our own, fateful fruit.” 


Holly Harris - Winnipeg Free Press