bookshop The Bookshop | Théâtre du Gros Mécano

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The show is originaly in French and was translated in English, Japanese and Spanish. All the versions are available for touring.


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The Bookshop (La librairie)

“Colour, fantasy, magic, and irresistible movement; a romantic comedy… that explores the serious notions of self-esteem, the desire to love and be loved, and the importance of listening to one’s own heart when it goes “boom, boom!” and firmly seizing the day.”

Jean St-Hilaire, Le Soleil (Quebec City)

Celebrated playwright Marie-Josée Bastien’s romantic, charming, story about first love, chocolate, the mysteries of life, and books is on the road for its first ever production in English.  Translated by Maureen Labonté, the play that so delighted French audience is certain to be as engaging and well-loved as the original.  The Bookshop is suitable for audiences ages 8 and 98 – a romantic comedy that lifts the spirits and brings a smile to the face.

The Story:

It’s the day of the grand opening! First thing this morning, Jane officially took over as owner of the old bookshop on the corner. Everything is going smoothly until she receives a visit from the charming Samuel, who has just opened a chocolate boutique next door. Jane suddenly finds herself tongue-tied with shyness. Since troubles always seem to come in bunches, who should appear in the bookshop in the middle of the night but a charming old gentleman looking for a book he had misplaced… more than 70 years ago? 

8 years +
60 minutes
Gauge: 350

Message from the author

“I wanted to talk about and share my love of books, those marvellous things that contain all the stories in the world, from picture books to universal encyclopedias.

I wanted to talk about the irresistible urge to take a book and devour every word, gulp down every syllable; to dive into a book, get lost in a book. Every book is unique and speaks directly to our heart. It’s a passport to imaginary worlds.”

- Marie-Josée Bastien

Marie-Josée Bastien is a writer, actor, director and designer, and the cofounder of Théâtre Les Enfants terribles in Quebec, Quebec. La librairie (The Bookshop), her first play for young audiences, was inspired by her visits to a very special real-life bookshop, Shakespeare & Company in Paris, France. She trained at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec (where she has taught since 1997) and holds a certificate in theatre from Laval University. Over the course of her career she has received numerous nominations and awards in several categories, including Best Directing, Best Original Script, Best Stage Adaptation, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She won the 1993 Prix Nicky-Roy (“Discovery of the Year”), Prix des Arts et de la Culture de Québec. Ms. Bastien is acclaimed for her support and development of new work and her original and dynamic contribution to theatre in Quebec.



Author : Marie-Josée Bastien

Director : Frédéric Dubois

Artistic director : Carol Cassistat.

Actors: Carol Cassistat, Marie-France Desranleau, Marie-Claude Giroux and Nicolas Létourneau

Set design and accesories : Élise Dubé

Costumes : Isabelle Saint-Louis

Light design : Félix Bernier Guimond

Music : Pascal Robitaille

English translation : Maureen Labonté

Japanese translation: Kyoko Hasegawa

Spanish translation: Diego Aramburo

Ukranian translations in the text : Sasha Samar

Ukranian coach : Loulia Kokliaguina.



Lieu Date and time Type of show
Saint-Jérôme, Québec

Lundi 4 février 2019, AM

Mardi 5 février 2019, AM



Sherbrooke, Québec

Dimanche 17 février 2019, 14h00

Lundi 18 février 2019, AM

Grand public


Saint-Léonard, Québec

Mardi 19 mars 2019, AM et PM

L'Anglicane, Lévis, Québec

Mardi 2 avril 2019, AM et PM

Mercredi 3 avril 2019, AM





The shows are presented in French in the Québec province in 2017-2018. However, no shows are planned for the actual season in English.

Contact Léa Fischer-Albert at 418-649-0092 *25 or by email at to book this show in English!


Press kit

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