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Andres Lima directs “Paradise Lost”. a reflection on good and evil, based on Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost”.

"Paradise Lost", based on the epic poem by Milton
“Paradise Lost”, based on the epic poem by Milton

The San Javier Fest bids farewell on 25 August with “Paradise Lost”, a play based on the epic poem of the same name by John Milton, directed by Andrés Lima and co-produced by the Grec 2022 in Barcelona, Teatre Romea and Centro Dramático Nacional. The production of the show, which premieres days before coming to San Javier, is completed by Helena Tornero, author of the text, who provides a contemporary view of Milton’s work published in 1667 and of the Satan that the English classic portrays as a rebel in the face of tyranny. In this sense, the play is also a homage to the comedian, so often vilified and demonised for his capacity for transformation and transgression, the company explains.

The play is a philosophical treatise on good and evil, a reinterpretation of the Bible and a revision of our myths that speaks of God and Satan, Adam and Eve, the fall of man and the fallen angel. Milton’s Satan is the true hero for the Romantics because he symbolises the rebel rebelling against tyranny. “Paradise Lost” also speaks, says the author, of the strategies of power and the construction of an enemy by speaking of the devil whose evil makes the rest good by contrast. “Paradise Lost” speaks of all this, but it is also a celebration of the beauty of Milton’s language and a tribute to the comedian, to the theatre, equated with the Satan who rebels and disobeys.

The author and playwright, together with Andrés Lima of the play, Helena Tornero, proposes a journey to the place of the other and to discover what part there is in each of us of angel, devil, man, woman, comedian or spectator. Andrés Lima, winner of the National Theatre Prize 2019, considered a director who has renewed the Spanish stage and is linked to the company Animalario, directs the play starring Pere Arquillué and Cristina Plazas, along with Lucía Juárez, Rubén de Eguia, Elena Tarrats and Laura Font.

Date: Thursday 25 August
Time: 22:30h.
Venue: Auditorio Parque Almansa, San Javier
Tickets: 18 and 22€.

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