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Sir Ian McKellen stars as Milton in this dramatised retelling of John Milton's epic poem about the fall of man.

Milton's biblical masterpiece, first published in 1667, is one of English literature's most seminal works. Straddling three worlds - heaven, hell and earth - it tells the gripping story of fallen angel Satan's rebellion against God, his temptation of Adam and Eve and their subsequent expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Written to 'justify the ways of God to men', it aimed to show what caused mankind's fall and the consequences for the world, both bad and good. By reaching back to the beginning of time, Milton hoped to discover the events that had led to the political and societal upheaval of his own era - as well as using allegory to ask powerful questions about authority, government, tyranny and disobedience. In this brand-new dramatisation, Milton himself (Sir Ian McKellen) is the blind narrator grieving the loss of his wife, played by Frances Barber.

Also starring Simon Russell Beale as Satan, and adapted by award-winning poet and broadcaster Michael Symmons Roberts, this enthralling drama is a vital piece of storytelling with striking parallels to contemporary events. 

Cast and credits:    

Milton........................Sir Ian McKellen 

Elizabeth........................Frances Barber 

Satan........................Simon Russell Beale 

Beelzebub........................Jonathan Keeble 

Adam........................Ashley Margolis 

Eve........................Emily Pithon 

Christ........................David Seddon 

Raphael........................Conrad Nelson 

God........................Russell Dixon 

All other parts were played by members of the company. 

Written by John Milton. Dramatised by Michael Symmons Roberts. Produced and directed by Susan Roberts.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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"Devilishly good...I urge you to give it a listen." (The Telegraph)   

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Fantastic!

A beautifully artistic take on Milton.

The dramatisation is fantastic!

Just keep in mind this is not the poem in full. This is a dramatic take on the writing of the poem. It's includes some of Milton's verses, but it is definitely abridged.