Adaptor 1 Lepage, Robert
Date of First Production
1995, November
Title Elseneur
Place of First Production
Monument National, Montreal
Production Company
Ex Machina
Technical Design/Direction
Director: Robert Lepage
Stage design: Carl Fillion
Music: Robert Caux
Lighting design: Alain Lortie and Nancie Mongrain
Cast/Performers
All characters: Robert Lepage
Performance History
1996, February 15-17 (Preview)
Elsinore
Athaneum Theatre, Chicago
Produced by: Ex Machina

Director: Robert Lepage

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1996, April 20-
Elsinore
Du Maurier World Stage Festival, Toronto

Produced by: Ex Machina
Directed by: Robert Lepage
Set: Carl Filion
Costumes: Yvan Gaudin
Lighting: Alain Lortie and Nancy Mongrain
Music: Robert Caux
Fights: Jean François Gagnon
Multimedia: Jacques Collin
Consultant: Michael Mackenzie

All Characters: Peter Darling

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1996, November 20
Elsinore
Nottingham Playhouse

Set: Carl Fillion
Music: Robert Caux

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1997, January 4-11
Elsinore
Royal National Theatre, Lyttleton Theatre

Director: Robert Lepage
Music composed & performed by: Robert Caux
Assistant to the Director: Pierre Bernier
Set Design: Carl Fillion
Costume Design: Yvan Gaudin
Lighting Design: Alain Lortie and Nancie Mongrain
Mulitmedia: Jacques Collin
Props: Manon Desmarais
Fight Direction: Jean-Francois Gagnon
Consultant: Michael Mackenzie

All Characters: Robert Lepage

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1997
Elsinore
Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

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1997
Elsinore
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Majestic Theater, New York

Produced by: Ex Machina
Director: Robert Lepage
Set: Carl Fillion

All Characters: Peter Darling

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1997, September 9-13
Elsinore
National Arts Centre Theatre (NAC), Ottawa
Revised version

Produced by: Ex Machina
Director: Robert Lepage
Set design: Robert Fillion
Costume design: Yvan Gaudin
Lighting design: Alain Lortie and Nancy Mongrain
Original music and keyboards: Robert Caux
Multimedia: Jacques Collin
Props: Manon Desmarais

All Characters: Peter Darling

Awards
1996, Nominated for Dora Mavor Moore Award: Production of a Play (at Harbourfront Centre, produced by Ex Machina, Directed by Robert Lepage)
Publishing and Multimedia
*Lepage, Robert. Elsinore. Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare.
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*Lepage, Robert. Elsinore. Ts. CASP archives, U of Guelph, ON. Nd.
*Lepage, Robert. Elsinore. Canadian Theatre Review 111 (Summer 2002): 89-99.
  http://www2.uoguelph.ca/dfischli/a_elsinore.cfm
Secondary Materials
*"Canadian culture takes stage in London (England)." Canadian Press Newswire 6 October 1996.
*Chapman, Geoff. "Canadian Stage, Tarragon lead Dora nominations." The Toronto Star 17 May 1996: C10.
*Copeland, Nancy. Rev. of Elsinore by Robert Lepage. Shakespeare Bulletin (Summer 1996): 27.
*Coulbourn, John. "Robert Lepage's one-man Hamlet." Toronto Sun. 21 April 1996
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*Dvorak, Marta. "Représentation récentes des Sept branches de la rivière Ota et d'Elseneur de Robert Lepage." Nouveaux regards sur le théâtre Québécois. Eds. Betty Bednarski et Irène Oore. Montréal: XYZ éditeur, 1997. 139-150.
*Gardner, Lyn. "Rev. of Elsinore." The Guardian 26 Nov. 1996.
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*Gore-Langton, Robert. "Rev. of Elsinore." 22 November 1996.
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*Gorman, Brian. "Elsinore houses one-man wonder." Rev. of Elsinore by Robert Lepage. Ottawa Sun 10 Sept. 1997.
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*Gorman, Brian. "It's all part of the Dane: Lepage turns tragedy into evening inside Hamlet's head." Ottawa Sun, 10 September 1997.
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*Hill, Harry. "Robert LePage's One-Man Hamlet." Posting to "Shaksper 1995: Re: Hamlets," Shaksper: The Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference. 09 November 1995.
[Link6].
*Knowles, Richard Paul. "From Dream to Machine: Peter Brook, Robert Lepage, and the Contemporary Shakespearean Director as (Post)Modernist." Theatre Journal 50.2 (1998): 189-206.
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*Knowles, Ric. "Reading Elsinore: The Ghost and the Machine." Canadian Theatre Review 111 (Summer 2002): 87-88.
*Lepage, Robert. Director's Note to house programme for Elsinore, Royal National Theatre. Nd.
[Link8].
*"Robert Lepage in The Royal National Theatre." London Theatre News 25 July 2001.
[Link9].
*Shuttleworth, Ian. "Rev. of Elsinore. Financial Times 3 Sept. 2003.
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*Spencer, Charles. Rev. of Elsinore by Robert Lepage. Daily Telegraph 22 Nov. 1996.
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*Taylor, Paul. Rev. of Elsinore. 23 Nov. 1996.
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*Wolff, Tamsen. "Performance Review: Elsinore." Theatre Journal 50.2 (1998): 237-240.
[Link13].
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Adaptor 1 Biography
"Internationally-renowned playwright/actor/director born in Quebec City, Quebec , December 12, 1957.
"He was raised in a bilingual household (he had two older adopted siblings who were anglophone). He studied at the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Québec before joining the Théâtre Repère and soon becoming its lead actor and then director. His first work for the company, Circulations (1984) toured nation-wide.
"His productions from the start were marked by his bilingualism, his explorations into multimedia, his homosexuality, and an ongoing study of the act of creation itself. His works, like Vinci (which examined Leonardo), Aiguilles et Opium (which dealt with Cocteau and Miles Davis), and his breakthrough success, La Trilogie des Dragons (a vast epic in English, French and Chinese which toured this country and Europe), showed a hearty imagination, a love of image and a fearlessness for new technology; sometimes the state of theatre itself was called into question.
"As his reputation grew so did his canvas and the works he took on. He presented a series of productions of Shakespeare throughout Europe, Japan and in the Festival de théâtre des Amériques which had critics arguing among themselves but which transfixed audiences and made Lepage a giant of the international stage.
"In 1989 he was appointed director of the National Arts Centre French-language theatre (he stayed until 1993), but has also directed at the Canadian Opera Company, The National Theatre (London, England), The National Theatre (Munich), The Royal Dramatic Theatre (Stockholm), and a tour for rock star Peter Gabriel.
"In 1996, The Seven Branches of the River Ota won the award for best Quebec production at the Soirée des Masques. It played at several subsequent festivals. In 1997 he created, and began an international tour of his contemplation of the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, The Geometry of Miracles/. In 1998, he created a 3D version of La Tempête/The Tempest and began work on Zulu Time which opened to mixed reviews in Geneva, but, subsequently, positive ones in Paris.
"He is a recipient of a Governor General's Award and is now directing movies. (In 1999, he began filming John Mighton 's Possible Worlds featuring Tom McCamus, Gabriel Gascon and Rick Miller.)
"His company, Ex Machina, has renovated a fire station in Quebec City as a multidisciplinary arts centre that does research into theatre, opera, puppetry, dance and music.
"He has said of the extended, free-wheeling process he uses to create his works, 'I don't even know what I'm writing until the audience tells me.' During a discussion session at London's National Theatre (January, 1997), when asked what he thought theatre was, he answered, 'I always come back to the same old notion that it's a gathering, a meeting point. A gathering in the sense that a group of artists get together to tell a story, and also the collective audience. The audience in a theatre room is very different from the audience to a film, because they actually change everything on the stage by their energy. You can't do that to a TV screen.'
"M. Lepage's career has not been free of controversy. In 2001, it was revealed that he had cancelled a rare press conference, in which he was to discuss his participation in the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques, because three critics on his blacklist (notably Robert Lévesque) were planning to attend.
"In November of 2001, he received the London Evening Standard Award for his production of La Face cachée de la lune" (11 Dec. 2003. qtd. from http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Lepage%2C%20Robert).
  http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Lepage%2C%20Robert
Adaptor 1 Bibliography
*Carson, Christie. "Collaboration, Translation, Interpretation." Interview with Robert Lepage. New Theatre Quarterly 33 (Feb. 1993): 31-36.
*Charest, Remy. Robert Lepage: Connecting Flights Conversation with Remy Charest. Trans. Wanda Romer Taylor. London: Methuen, 1995. 3 Sept. 2003.
http://www.eng.fju.edu.tw/canada/lepage/lepage_lepage.html.
*Eyre, Robert. "Platforms: Robert Lepage in conversation with Richard Eyre; 10 January 1997, Lyttelton Theatre." Royal National Theatre Platforms. 3 Sept. 2003.
http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/?lid=2627.
*Graham, Catherine. "Speaking as Part of Canada: An Interview with Gordon McCall about Centaur Theatre." Canadian Theatre Review. (Winter 1997): 23-26.
*Hadfield, Dorothy A. "Lepage, Robert 1957-." The Cambridge Guide to Theatre. Ed. Martin Banham. Cambridge: Cambridge U P, 1995: 638-39.
*Knowles, Richard Paul. "From Dream to Machine: Peter Brook, Robert Lepage, and the Contemporary Shakespearean Director as (Post)Modernist." Theatre Journal 50.2 (1998): 189-206.
*"Lepage, Robert." Canadian Who's Who 2001. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2001: 766.
*"Lepage, Robert 1957-." Contemporary Authors. Vol. 162. Detroit : Gale Research Co., 1962: 223.
*Lieblein, Leanore. "Deracination: The Shakespearean Trajectory of Robert Lepage." Shakespeare in Francophone Quebec. Internet Shakespeare Editions. 6. 3 Sept. 2003.
http://web.uvic.ca/shakespeare/Library/Criticism/shakespearein/quebec6.html.
*"Robert Lepage." Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. 3 Sept. 2003.
http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Robert%20Lepage.
*"Robert Lepage." Northern Stars. 3 Sept. 2003.
http://northernstars.ca/directorsal/lepagebio.html.
*"Robert Lepage: Historique." Le CICV Pierre Schaeffer (Centre International de Création Vidéo). 12 Jan. 2002.
http://www.cicv.fr/reseau/epidemic/geo/art/lepage/hist.html.
*Salter, Denis. "A State of Becoming." Books in Canada 21.3: (Mar. 1991): 26-29.
  http://www.eng.fju.edu.tw/canada/lepage/lepage_lepage.html
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Keywords
Franco-Canadian
Multimedia Production
One-Person Show
Professional
Translation
Adaptation of
Hamlet
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