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Seating capacity: 765

Proscenium theatre with a vomitorium and tiered seats facing the stage. Home to the Duceppe theatre company from September to May.

This theatre boasts a unique design, with long rows of seats facing an exceptionally wide stage (42 m X 17 m). This configuration allows for a greater bond between the audience and the artists on stage.


    Drama, comedy, tragedy... With over 200 performances presented by the Duceppe theatre company in this hall from September to May, this venue’s main vocation is theatre, first and foremost. Dance performances, galas, lectures, and other types of performances also take place here. It also features a small orchestra pit that can accommodate 10 musicians.

    Inaugurated in 1967, this theatre was originally named Théâtre Port-Royal, at the suggestion of actor Jean-Louis Roux, in order to commemorate the first performance of a play in French in America, in 1606. They play, written by Marc Lescarbot, was called Théâtre de Neptune en Nouvelle-France and was performed at Port-Royal, which was the capital of Acadia at the time.

    In 1991, Théâtre Port-Royal was renamed in honour of Jean Duceppe, the great man of the theatre who took up residence in the venue in 1973 with the company bearing his name, and who passed away in December 1990.

    The audience’s proximity to the artists, along with perfect sightlines and impeccable acoustics, make this a venue that spectators truly appreciate.

    Théâtre Jean-Duceppe occupies the lower part of the Theatre Building. The building was designed by Montreal architects David, Barott, and Boulva. The outdoor lighting was designed by Lightemotion as part of the lighting for the Quartier des spectacles.


    Salon vert
    Adjacent to the hall, on the 3rd floor level, this room can hold about 75 people.

    Odd-and Even-numbered Foyers
    They can accommodate over 700 people standing, 150 people seated for lectures, or 400 people seated, divided over both sides, for banquets.

    Behind the bar on the even-numbered side, is a painting by artist Paul Vanier Beaulieu, while the odd-numbered side features a work by artist Jean McEwen as its backdrop.

    Cloakroom: $3


    Assistance for persons with reduced mobility
    During performances, a member of the ushering staff is specifically designated to assist persons with reduced mobility. Customers who require assistance must report to the main security desk.

    Aids for the hearing-impaired
    An audio system enables hearing-impaired spectators to tune into the audio signal of the show by setting their FM receivers to 107.9.

Théâtre Jean-Duceppe
Place des Arts

175 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Montreal (Quebec),
H2X 1Z8

Tel.: 514 285-4100


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