Robert Lepage stars in autobiographical solo performance, 887, at the Barbican

Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Thursday 1–Saturday 10 June 2017, Barbican Theatre
Press performance: Thursday 1 June 2017, 7.45pm

Following its critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2015, the Barbican brings its co-production of Robert Lepage’s autobiographical play 887 to London this summer.

887 is a riveting tale about memory, belonging and collective history, conveyed in a tender performance by Lepage himself and animated by a rotating doll’s house replica of his childhood home – the block of flats at 887 Murray Avenue. Unable to retain the words of a poem for a recital, Lepage begins an investigation into the act of remembering. Retracing his roots, to a divided 1960s Québec, his story ricochets across decades and themes. Delivered in a mixture of poetry and prose, his intimate recollections of family life illuminate the struggles of Québécois society of the time while inviting audiences into his present-day world.

887 is performed in English and French with English surtitles.

887 is the seventh Ex Machina/Robert Lepage play the Barbican has staged since 2003. Previous productions are: Needles and Opium (2016), The Blue Dragon(2011), Lipsynch (2008), The Andersen Project (2006), The Dragons’ Trilogy (2005) and The Far Side of the Moon (2003) which begins another UK tour to Plymouth, Cardiff and Manchester later this month starring Yves Jacques. Lepage also works extensively in opera. Notable works include The Rake’s Progress (2007) and Das Rheingold which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2010. Lepage has created two works for Cirque du Soleil, (2005) and TOTEM (2010).

Lepage was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2009. He was awarded the Stanislavski Award for his contribution to international theatre in 2005, the European Commission’s Europe Theatre Prize in 2007 and the Glenn Gould Prize in 2013.


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Ex Machina/Robert Lepage
Québec, Canada
Written, designed, directed and performed by Robert Lepage
English translation by Louisa Blair
Creative direction and design by Steve Blanchet
Dramaturgy by Peder Bjurman
Assistant Director Adèle Saint-Amand
Music and sound by Jean-Sébastien Côté
Lighting by Laurent Routhier
Image design by Félix Fradet-Faguy
Associate set design by Sylvain Décarie
Associate prop design by Ariane Sauvé
Associate costume design by Jeanne Lapierre
Thu 1–Sat 10 Jun 2017 (9 performances)
Barbican Theatre
7.45pm; 3pm only on Sun 4 Jun 2017; no performance on Mon 5 Jun 2017
2 hours no interval
£16–45 plus booking fee
Age guidance 14+
Press performance: Thu 1 Jun 2017, 7.45pm

Presented by the Barbican

An Ex Machina production

Commissioned by the Arts and Culture Program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Co-produced by the Barbican; le lieu unique – Nantes; La Comète – Scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne; Edinburgh International Festival, Aarhus Festuge; Théâtre de la Ville – Paris; Festival d’Automne à Paris; Romaeuropa Festival 2015; Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy; Ysarca Arts Promotions – Pilar de Yzaguirre; Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon; SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, on the occasion of Simon Fraser University's 50th Anniversary – Vancouver; Le Théâtre français du Centre national des Arts d’Ottawa; Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde – Montréal; Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre; Canadian Stage – Toronto; Théâtre du Trident – Québec; La Coursive Scène nationale La Rochelle and Le Volcan, Scène nationale du Havre; The Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; The Bergen International Festival

Producer for Ex Machina Michel Bernatchez
Associate Production – Europe and Japan Richard Castelli – Epidemic
Associate Production – The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Australia, NZ Menno Plukker Theatre Agent