Sir Ian McKellen, Frances Barber and Simon Russell Beale to star in new adaptation of Paradise Lost on Radio 4
That is the revelation to me, that if you speak Paradise Lost out loud, you’ll begin to recognise what a truly great poem it isSir Ian McKellen
Broadcast on Radio 4 at the beginning of Holy Week, Paradise Lost is one of English literature’s most seminal works. First published in 1667, the poem begins with Satan being cast into hell and portrays the Fall of Man. In this adaptation, Satan is played by Simon Russell Beale.
The full cast includes Jonathan Keeble as Beelzebub, Ashley Margolis as Adam, Emily Pithon as Eve, David Seddon as Christ, Conrad Nelson as Raphael and Russell Dixon as God.
Sir Ian McKellen said: “One of the great rewards of this project, apart from working with Michael and Sue and Frances of course, is that I have renewed faith in the work - it is a great, great poem. Being written by a blind man it has special relevance to a radio audience, as it is all in the sound of the words, not in the look of the words on the page. I think that is the revelation to me, that if you speak Paradise Lost out loud, you’ll begin to recognise what a truly great poem it is.”
Saturday 24 March 2.30pm-4pm
Sunday 25 March 3pm-4pm
Produced by Susan Roberts for BBC Radio 4
Pictured: Sir Ian Mc Kellen Frances Barber Radio 4 Paradise Lost. Credit BBC and Trishia Yourkevich