For dedicated fans of contemporary theatre, Robert Lepage needs no introduction. The Canadian director has created an incomparable body of work, including The Dragons’ Trilogy and eight-hour play Seven Streams of the River Ota which made waves at previous Festivals. The idea for Needles and Opium was born from Lepage’s discovery that artist Jean Cocteau and jazzman Miles Davis first crossed the Atlantic in 1949 to visit each other’s cities. The play finds further parallels between drug addiction, psychological obsession and art. Lepage has revisited the piece 20 years after its inception, enriching it with an updated storyline and new audiovisual wizardry. See the work of this “consummate theatrical sorcerer” (The Telegraph) in a performance that will be as much magic as theatre.