Nottingham Playhouse this month presents a new multimedia stage version of Robert Lepage's film noir, Polygraph. The production, which runs from 9 to 24 November 2001, marks the first time that a play by Lepage will be staged in Britain without the artist's direct involvement.

In Polygraph, a long-unsolved murder case haunts the lives of three people: the young man who discovered the body, the criminologist who couldn't find the killer and the actress cast to play the victim in a movie. A string of coincidences draws the three together in chilling fashion.

Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Giles Croft directs the new version of Polygraph, utilising its cinematic qualities to "present a multi-sensory experience" on stage. The production is part of the theatre's continuing policy to stage new work as well as rarely performed plays.

Born in Quebec in 1957, Robert Lepage has been working as a writer, actor and director since 1982, and is considered by many to be one of the most talented and innovative directors in contemporary theatre. His plays include Les Aiguilles at l'Opium (Needles and Opium), Les Sept Branches de la Riviere Ota (The Seven Streams of the River Ota), Elsinore and Vinci, which won the Prix Coup de Pouce at the Avignon Festival.

The Nottingham production of Polygraph is designed by Mark Bailey, with lighting by Jeanine Davies and music and choreography by Matthew Bugg.

- by Terri Paddock