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The Seven Streams of the River Ota

An Ex Machina production

directed by Robert Lepage

From 6 to 22 March
Running Time: 7 hours inc 2 intervals and a 45-minute break

The Seven Streams of the River Ota

'Of all Lepage’s magic boxes, this is the masterpiece.’
Independent on Sunday

First staged at the National Theatre in 1996, Robert Lepage’s masterpiece returns to London for just nine performances. Presented as part of a world tour, this new staging marks 75 years since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.

Tracing survivors and their descendants across five decades, this giant theatrical journey through time and space explores the way in which a few kilograms of uranium falling on Japan changed the course of human history.

‘Lepage’s shows have dazzled a global audience. His profound theatrical experiences explore history and the tiny humans swept up within it.’

The performance will last 7 hours and includes two intervals plus a 45-minute break and two pauses.

Dialogue is presented in English, French, German and Japanese with English subtitles.


A co-production with Chekhov International Theatre Festival, Moscow, the National Theatre, London, and Le Diamant, Québec

Talks and Events
Robert Lepage in conversation Mon 9 March, 7pm - 8.45pm, £15 /£10 /£7.50

The Seven Streams of the River Ota ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Full day ticket
*£125, £95, £75, £58, £30

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Sat 21 March, 3pm

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Sun 22 March, 3pm


*Some of the best seats in the house are premium priced. They help to ensure we can continue to offer low price seats
for all our productions; the National Theatre is a charity and only 17% government-funded. This year nearly 30% of our tickets
are available for £20 or less.


Éric Bernier

Gérard Bibeau

Normand Bissonnette

Rebecca Blankenship

Marie Brassard

Anne-Marie Cadieux

Normand Daneau

Richard Fréchette

Marie Gignac

Patrick Goyette

Robert Lepage

Macha Limonchik

Ghislaine Vincent




Production team

Photography by Elias Djemil-Matassov

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