Robert Lepage's original stage productions

Making theatre global

By Karen Fricker

Robert Lepage's original stage productions


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8006-7
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2020
  • BIC Category: Theatre: Technical & Background Skills, Theatre Direction & Production, The arts / Theatre: individual actors & directors, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Stagecraft, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production, The arts / Individual artists, art monographs, The arts / Film theory & criticism, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, The arts / Performance art, The arts / Theatre studies, Theatre Studies, Theatre: technical & background skills, Theatre studies, Theatre direction & production, Individual actors & performers, ART / Mixed Media, ART / Individual Artists / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production
  • Series: Theatre: Theory - Practice - Performance


This book explores the development of Robert Lepage's distinctive approach to stage direction in the early (1984-1994) and middle (1995-2008) stages of his career, arguing that globalisation had a defining effect on shaping his aesthetic and his professional trajectory. In addition to globalisation theory, the book draws on cinema studies, queer theory, and theories of affect and reception.

Each of six chapters treats a particular aspect of globalisation, using this as a means to explore one or more of Lepage's productions. Productions discussed include The Dragon's Trilogy, Needles and Opium, and The Far Side of the Moon.

Making theatre global: Robert Lepage's original stage productions will be of interest to scholars of contemporary theatre, advanced-level undergraduates, and arts lovers keen for new perspectives on one of the most talked-about theatre artists of the early 21st century.


'.a cohesive yet multifaceted analysis of Lepage's work. Fricker's excellent book, which will hopefully be translated into French, should be required reading in Québec and in France, where Lepage has been celebrated almost uncritically for too long.'
Canadian Theatre Review


1 Local, global, universal? The Dragon's Trilogy
2 Vinci: Lepage in his own line of vision
3 Lepage's cinematic dramaturgy
4 Lepage's affective economy
5 Branding Ex Machina
6 Neoliberalism, authorship, legacy: Lepage and Ex Machina's futures
7 Coda - Lepage exposed


Karen Fricker is Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts at Brock University in Ontario

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