September 26

From November 19 to December 20, 2019, Le Diamant will present the play 887, an Ex Machina production written, directed and performed solo by Robert Lepage. With more than 280 performances in 37 cities since its creation in 2015, 887 has been hailed a resounding critical and popular success all over the world. These 26 performances of 887 were announced by General Manager and Programming Director Bernard Gilbert this morning. This will be the first time Robert Lepage will perform on the stage of Le Diamant in Quebec City—an experience that will be both historic and emotional.

Photo — Érick Labbé

ex machina / Robert Lepage

887 is a journey into the realm of memory. The idea for this project originated from the childhood memories of Robert Lepage; years later, he plunges into the depths of his memory and questions the relevance of certain recollections. Why do we remember the phone number from our youth yet forget our current one? How does a childhood song withstand the test of time, permanently ingrained in our minds, while the name of a loved one escapes us? Why does meaningless information stick with us, but other more useful information falls away?

How does memory work? What are its underlying mechanisms? How does a personal memory resonate within the collective memory?

887 considers various commemorative markers—the names of parks, streets, stelae and monuments—and the historical heritage around us that we no longer notice. Consequently, the play also focuses on oblivion, the unconscious, and this memory that fades over time and whose limits are compensated for by digital storage, mountains of data and virtual memory. In this era, how is theatre, an art based on the act of remembering, still relevant today?


All of these questions are distilled into a story where Lepage, somewhere between a theatre performance and a conference, reveals the suffering of an actor who—by definition, or to survive—must remember not only his text, but also his past, as well as the historical and social reality that has shaped his identity.


We have been delighted with the way the public has welcomed us since Le Diamant’s opening. After the success of Les sept branches de la rivière Ōta, we are proud to announce this second Ex Machina production during our inaugural season. Chance would have it that the 300th performance of the show will happen right here at Le Diamant. Presenting 887 will create more opportunities for new audiences to experience the arts.

— Bernard Gilbert, General Manager and Programming Director


Twenty-six performances of 887 will be presented in the Salle Hydro-Québec from November 19 through December 20, 2019.

  • Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November  22, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 23, 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 24, 2 p.m.


  • Tuesday, November 26, 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 28, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 29, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 30, 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 1, 2 p.m.


  • Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7, 7:30 p.m.


  • Tuesday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14, 7:30 p.m.


  • Tuesday, December 17, 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 18, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 19, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 20, 7:30 p.m.


To Purchase Regular Tickets

Tickets are available on the website ( any time and through Le Diamant’s box office from Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. (418 692-5353). There are three categories of ticket prices, which vary according to the seats’ location in the venue. Regular ticket prices are $55.75, $68.25, and $85.50, taxes and service charges included.

15 Years and Under $15 Tickets

The special $15 ticket rate for young people 15 years and under accompanied by an adult is valid for all performances of 887. It’s a way for Le Diamant to help introduce young audience members to the performing arts.

Same-Day Half-Off Tickets

For all shows at Le Diamant, including 887, a limited quantity of tickets are sold at half the average ticket rate. This price is determined by calculating the average of the three categories of regularly priced tickets. These tickets are only available in person at Le Diamant’s box office at 966, Saint-Jean Street. (First come, first served.)

Please note that this offer applies even to sold-out shows and premieres. The goal of this initiative is to make cultural events accessible to as many people as possible. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

Photo — Érick Labbé

Designers of the show

Written, designed, directed and performed by Robert Lepage
English Translation Louisa Blair
Creative Direction and Design Steve Blanchet
Dramaturg Peder Bjurman
Assistant Director Adèle Saint-Amand
Composer and Sound Designer Jean-Sébastien Côté
Lighting Designer Laurent Routhier
Image Designer Félix Fradet-Faguy
Associate Set Designer Sylvain Décarie
Associate Properties Designer Ariane Sauvé
Associate Costumes Designer Jeanne Lapierre

An Ex Machina production
Commissioned by
The Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

In Co-production with
avec le lieu unique, Nantes
La Comète - Scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne
Edinburgh International Festival
Århus Festuge
Théâtre de la Ville-Paris
Festival d'Automne à Paris
Romaeuropa Festival 2015
Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy
Ysarca Art Promotions
- Pilar de Yzaguirre
Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon
Programmes culturels
SFU, à l'occasion du 50e anniversaire de l'Université Simon Fraser, Vancouver
Le Théâtre français / English Theatre - Centre national des Arts d’Ottawa
Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montréal
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
Théâtre du Trident
, Québec
La Coursive - Scène nationale La Rochelle
Canadian Stage
, Toronto
Le Volcan-scène nationale du Havre
The Brooklyn Academy of Music
, New York
The Bergen International Festival
The Barbican, London
Holland Festival, Amsterdam
Festival International de théâtre A. Tchékhov
, Moscou
Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand
, scène nationale
Onassis Cultural Centre, Athenes
Théâtre de Liège
Walker Art Center
, Minneapolis
Cal Performances, Berkeley
Performas Produções, São Paulo
National Performing Arts Center, Kaohsiung
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg
Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong
LG Arts Center, Seoul
The Lowry, Salford
Le Diamant, Québec
The Lowry, Salford

Producer for Ex Machina Michel Bernatchez (assisted by Vanessa Landry-Claverie and Valérie Lambert)
Associate Production - Europe, Japan Epidemic (Richard Castelli, assisted by Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud and Claire Dugot)                                  
Associate Production - The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Australia, NZ Menno Plukker Theatre Agent (Menno Plukker, assisted by Dominique Sarrazin, Isaïe Richard and Magdalena Marszalek)

Ex Machina is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Quebec's Arts and Literature Council and the City of Quebec.