Robert Lepage, the writer and stage director from Quebec, Canada, has gained an international reputation as a master of imagery who has made the entire world his stage. In the past, Setagaya Public Theatre has specifically selected several of his one-man plays for performance. In 2001, we staged The Far Side of the Moon in English, and in 2006, we put on consecutive performances of The Anderson Project in English and Japanese. Our staging of both works attracted a great deal of attention.

Lepage’s masterpiece Needles and Opium had its premier in 1991 and he still receives many requests to be allowed to stage it from theatres around the world. This time, with a view to its further evolution, Lepage has put together a completely revamped version of the play into which he has injected a new enthusiasm. Since 2013, complete with a brand new look that takes full advantage of the latest visual technology, Needles and Opium has been on a world tour, which will finally bring it to Setagaya Public Theatre in October 2015.
*Performed in English (with Japanese subtitles)

Cast & Creative

[Written and Directed by] Robert Lepage
[Performed by] Marc Labrèche ,Wellesley Robertson III

Stage Photographs

Nicola Frank Vachon

Nicola Frank Vachon



*No admission for preschool children.
*Latecomers might not be able to take the reserved seats.

Audience Support

Childcare Service

A childcare service is normally available for performances staged at Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram for which advance tickets are sold.

Charge: ¥2,200 per child
Eligibility: Children aged over 6 months and up to 9 years of age
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1526 Setagaya Public Theatre
You may reserve childcare services up to noon of the day 3 days before the desired reservation time, but when the number of children registered reaches capacity, applications will closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, please consult with the theatre regarding children with special needs.
Subcontractor: Kids’ Room Tinker bell Sancha

Wheelchair Spaces

Both Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram are equipped with wheelchair spaces to allow visitors to watch performances from their wheelchairs. However, as capacity is limited, use of wheelchair spaces is by reservation only.

Charge: 10% discount on the corresponding area ticket charge (plus up to one attendant free of charge)
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1515 Theatre Ticket Centre

Wheelchair spaces may be reserved up to 19:00 on the day before the desired date, but when the number of reservations reaches capacity, applications will be closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, for wheelchair users who prefer to watch the performance from a regular seat, the theatre will smoothly guide them too and from their seat. Please contact the theatre in advance to take advantage of this service.